1 Chronicles 22:11-13 – Now, my son, the Lord be with you, so that you may succeed in building the house of the Lord your God, as he has spoken concerning you. Only, may the Lord grant you discretion and understanding, that when he gives you charge over Israel you may keep the law of the Lord your God. Then you will prosper if you are careful to observe the statutes and the rules that the Lord commanded Moses for Israel. Be strong and courageous. Fear not; do not be dismayed.
As I said yesterday, I say again today: God’s word constantly speaks about the importance of God’s word. Here we see the words of David to Solomon. David learned from God that God would not allow David to be the one to build the temple because of the violent life David had to lead. So, David, learning that Solomon would build the temple of God, made complete preparation for the temple’s building.
After David made the preparation for the building of the temple, he charged Solomon with the work and made Solomon king. Notice in the verses above, that central to David’s charge to Solomon is a call to keep the law of God, the scriptures as they are written. David promises Solomon success and prosperity—the blessing of God on his kingdom—if Solomon will simply follow the commands of God as they are written in holy scripture.
This serves as simply one more reminder in a constant string of reminders for me that the word of God is all-important. Everywhere you turn in the scriptures, God is telling you to obey the scriptures. Every place you look, whether it is the writings of Moses, Joshua, David, the other prophets, Jesus, Peter, Paul, or any other biblical author, the command is always the same: keep the commands of God as they are written in the scriptures.
So, today as you read this, ask yourself just once more if you have the kind of love for the Bible that God wants you to have. Do you hear and obey the commands of God as they are recorded for us in the Bible? Do you recognize that the Bible is the inspired word of God? O how I long for the people of God to learn to love the word of God.
Dear Lord, I thank you again for your holy word. I ask that, today, you will use this writing to draw someone’s heart to treasure your holy word. I pray that you will help your church to learn to love your word, to hear and obey your commands. Help us to live in accord with your commands, and not to be swayed by culture or pragmatism. It is time for us to get back to the word of God, so please lead us in that revival.