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Be Strong and Do It Pt. I

11.01.20 | Devotionals | by Elder Steven Rogers

Be Strong and Do It Pt. I

    And thou, Solomon my son, know thou the God of thy father, and serve him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind: for the Lord searcheth all hearts, and understandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts: if thou seek him, he will be found of thee; but if thou forsake him, he will cast thee off for ever. Take heed now; for the Lord hath chosen thee to build an house for the sanctuary: be strong, and do it. - 1Chron. 28:9-10

    As King David's reign began to close, he spoke to his son Solomon, his successor.  David encourages his son to "be strong" as he takes the throne and follows through on his ordained purpose. During David's reign, he desired to construct a sanctuary to the LORD that would reflect His glory and be a permanent place of worship for all of Israel. His desire became Solomon's destiny (1Chron. 28:9-10).

    Solomon was born with a divine destiny overshadowing his life and a father whose own accomplishments are hard to follow.  The political and spiritual expectations that that was upon his shoulders at times must have been unbearable. Imagine being the son of King David! The king that slew Goliath and defeated the Philistines. The king that unified Israel and spoke with the LORD of hosts. These were some great spiritual sandals to walk in. Despite the advantages that Solomon had to succeed, his father knew the immense struggles and the spiritual adversities destiny brings. 

    To be a Christian, a faithful follower of Jesus Christ that is striving and fighting to live holy in an immoral and unholy world at times is difficult. It is hard at times to say "No" to the flesh. It's even hard when those around us are saying "Yes," and you become isolated. It can be hard to make decisions that knowingly will be criticized and misunderstood by friends and family members that refuse to respect your lifestyle but push for you to accept theirs. Yet, through the isolation, depression, frustration, anger, and brokenness, "Be Strong!"

    Being strong doesn't mean you won't feel hurt, disappointment, rage, pain, etc. It means to endure hardship and press toward your destiny despite the naysayers, haters, scoffers, and gossipers. In fact, to march on despite our emotional rollercoasters that seek to sabotage our purpose. God has placed inside every believer the seed of destiny that is waiting to come forth, so you must hold on; "Fight the good fight of faith."

    Solomon, "Be strong and do it." To reach our destiny and fulfill our purpose, we must continue to press on and step out in faith to accomplish the task. The "it" is personal. For one, it may be to step out and start a business. To another, it may be to apply for another job. Yet, another to begin their journey in Christ getting baptized in His name. No matter what that "it," maybe we all start with the "IT" of building a sanctuary for the LORD.

    "Lord, prepare me to be a sanctuary. Pure and holy, tried, and true. With thanksgiving, I'll be a living sanctuary for you." Rooted in these lyrics of the Christian hymn is the Apostle Paul's teaching that the body is the temple of the Holy Ghost. The first and foremost purpose we have on this earth is to build our sanctuary for the Lord. It is easy to get pulled in several directions that take up our time and energy. We work and work some more to build our family's quality of life as we attempt to find or fulfill some spiritual function that seems to escape us. Unknowingly, in our attempts to obtain the house, car, spouse, or degree, we dismiss the communion that he seeks while dwelling inside our hearts.  Be strong, and do it. Build yourself up in the holiest faith. Study, pray, fast, worship, and praise the Lord. Pick up the tools that you may have dropped along the way as you traversed treacherous roads and begin to build once again. The Temple of Solomon was one of the most costly wonders of the world, but Jesus didn't die for a temple made with brick and mortar. He died for you.