The Reign of Solomon

THE REIGN OF SOLOMON

Tonight (Wednesday, 12/07, 7:00 pm), gather with your Calvary Chapel family in the main sanctuary or on our website (www.calvaryinv.com), Facebook, and Youtube (Calvary Inverness) as we continue with our three-year journey through the Bible (2 Chronicles 1-9).

The book of 2 Chronicles begins with Solomon’s ascension to his Father David’s throne. As soon as the coronation occurred, the new king made it his ambition to finish what his Father had begun. David desired to build a temple for the worship of God. But, even though his motivation was pure, the Lord had the prophet Nathan tell him it would be his son rather than him.
Because David knew God had chosen Solomon to build the Temple, he ensured his son had all the materials necessary when the project began. In addition, David showed his spiritual maturity as he was willing to take a back seat to Solomon because he believed it was God’s will and the best for the nation.

Solomon’s reign began with much promise. He had been raised to know the LORD God of heaven. So he writes in the book of Proverbs, reminiscing how both his parents (David and Bathsheba) took time to teach him about the essential things of life, especially God.

The writer of Hebrews warns the believer that when everything is going well and God is blessing that “we must give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard, lest we drift away” (Heb 2:1). The author is simply saying be careful in your walk with God that you do not backslide. But, it is a warning that Solomon would have been wise to heed. For backsliding is drifting from that intimate relationship the believer has with God. And, when the things of the world find a foothold in our life and the lusts of the flesh begin to tug and pull at us, it is far too easy to compromise. And that’s exactly what Solomon did. So, even though Ezra (author of 2 Chronicles) does not mention Solomon’s spiral downward into immorality, it is evident that Solomon did not finish strong.

May our ambition and legacy be that we are determined to finish well the race God has given. And that when we stand before our Lord, we hear Him say, “well done, good and faithful servant, enter into the joy of your Lord” (Matt. 25:23).

Please pray that this three-year journey through the Word of God will be received by open hearts that long to grow in the Grace and Knowledge of Jesus. And He would do deep and practical Work in and through us for a world in desperate need of a Savior.
In His Strong Love,
Pastor

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