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4/6/16 – Words of encouragement from a father to a son

Published: Wednesday, 06 April 2016 Written by Carlton L. Arnold

“And you, my son Solomon, acknowledge the God of your father, and serve him with wholehearted devotion and with a willing mind, for the Lord searches every heart and understands every desire and every thought. If you seek him, he will be found by you; but if you forsake him, he will reject you forever.  1 Chronicles 28:9

The speaker of the words above is David talking to his son Solomon.  Solomon will become king when David dies.  He will also build the temple for the Lord.  God had given David all of the plans for the temple buildings through the Holy Spirit.  But, God would not allow David to build the temple, because David was considered as a warrior king with blood on his hands.  The actual building of the temple was to be Solomon’s responsibility using David’s plans.


David is giving Solomon instructions about his relationship with God.  David tells him to acknowledge God.  This seems so simple, but is seldom done.  Most people get involved in their own little worlds and will forget God.  A person can acknowledge God when they wake up in the morning, at meal times, and when there are prayer needs.  There are also the times when a person has decisions that need to be made.  God expects people to acknowledge Him during these times so that He can provide His will in a person’s life.  Again, not many people acknowledge God during these times.

David also told Solomon to serve God with wholehearted devotion and with a willing mind.  This is an area where all Christians need improvement.  We should be striving every day to be devoted to God with our hearts.  When it comes to priorities, many people will say God first, spouse second, family third, etc.  Putting God first requires an understanding and an appreciation for how much God loves us.  He sent His only Son to die for us.  He loves us unconditionally.  Thinking about His love on a daily basis will increase your devotion to Him and a willingness to follow His will for your life.

David did not suggest to follow God’s will blindly.  He tells his son that God searches every heart.  To put it another way is to understand that every thought you have goes to God.  He can accurately interpret your desires and your thoughts.  This reminds me of when people say the wrong thing to someone, and they are asked to give a reason for saying what they did.  Many times, we will not give the true answer, because of various reasons.  However, God has read my mind and knows my true intent.  He does not miss anything that goes on in our minds.

Finally, David reminds Solomon to seek God and He will find you.  This reminds me of Jesus saying, “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well” (Matthew 6:33).  Our minds and our hearts should have a warning bell that alarms when we do no seek God.  Or, we make God and His ways a part of our everyday life.  Become active with making God a part of every aspect of your life.  The last statement David makes concerns forsaking God.  This would be an intentional dismissal of God as a part of your life.  The results of such an action are disastrous.

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