“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. Consider now, for the Lord has chosen you to build a house as the sanctuary. Be strong and do the work.” 1 Chronicles 28:9-10
I’ve heard it said many times before: Where the mind goes, the body follows.
It makes sense in many ways. First, we decide to run that race, take that job, eat that cake, or build a house, then we set off to do what we have made up our minds should be done.
Determination and Attitude are two big reasons why anything of worth in this world is accomplished.
Strength and Persistence are two more.
If we want to achieve great things (or anything), we first have to decide that this is something we want to/are willing to do, then we need to persist in finding out how to do it (if we don’t already know), and finally, do what we have decided needs doing.
Lots of folks meet some of the criteria needed to get projects started, but they fumble after the project is underway. Solomon fumbled.
Solomon started out strong.
He had a plan.
He had a blessing.
He had mad skills.
He has money.
He had all the permits needed.
He had the people’s support.
What he lacked was the continuing godliness he needed to get ‘er done. He had that spiritual connection to the Great Builder at the beginning of his project–in those early days of glory–but at some point he welcomed devils into his bed and everything went down hill from there.
We can learn from Solomon’s mistakes.
What we may learn from Solomon is that keeping a connection to God through prayer, meditation, fasting, worship, giving, and surrender of one self is crucial.
If we ever hope to finish the jobs God has given us to do, we must maintain that connection. Solomon is proof that if we don’t, sure as shootin’ we will burn out spiritually.
Today, pray for those you know who are on the fringe of burn out. Ask God to inspire them anew. Ask Him to surround them with godly influences and intuitive thoughts. Ask Him to help them see their need of Him and their need to stay engaged.
Pray for yourself, too.
We are not immune to Solomon’s disease, none of us.
It’s easy to get distracted by the “beauty” of this world, and in so doing lose our place in godly circles.
Today, pray that God will help each of us stay strong and focues to accomplish His will, whatever that may be over the long haul. Prayer Changes Things!