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The Proverbs of Solomon:
A wise son makes a glad father,
But a foolish son is the grief of his mother.
Isn't this first Proverb fitting for Solomon?
Solomon's desire was to make his father happy, and who was Solomon's Father? King David.
1 Chron 28:20 And David said to his son Solomon, "Be strong and of good courage, and do it; do not fear nor be dismayed, for the LORD God--my God--will be with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you, until you have finished all the work for the service of the house of the LORD.
You see David's desire was to build the temple for God, but since David was a man of war and bloodshed, he was not able to build the temple.
1 Chron 28:3 "But God said to me, 'You shall not build a house for My name, because you have been a man of war and have shed blood.'
But God knew the heart of David and God gave permission for his son Solomon to build the temple.
1 Chron 28:5 "And of all my sons (for the LORD has given me many sons) He has chosen my son Solomon to sit on the throne of the kingdom of the LORD over Israel.
Now David could have gotten upset and said, "Hey God, I thought I was a man after your own heart, so what's the problem here?"
But David understood what God was saying to him, and he was satisfied with what God had said.
So how do we apply this to our lives today?
Have you loved the Lord all your life, or for many years thinking now the Lord will give you something great to do. You plan in your head or on paper what you will do, and how you will do it.
Then all of a sudden this new Christian comes along and God says that He wants this person to do what you have planned to do.
Do you get upset or do you act like David being thankful that even though you are unable to do it, you can still help that person out with your plans and preparation.
It may be that God has given you the wisdom to do something, but someone else the ability to carry it out.
Take some words of wisdom from Paul, who knew that a ministry is God's doing and we are just the vessels.
1 Cor 3:6-9 (NLT)6 My job was to plant the seed in your hearts, and Apollos watered it, but it was God, not we, who made it grow. 7 The ones who do the planting or watering aren't important, but God is important because he is the one who makes the seed grow. 8 The one who plants and the one who waters work as a team with the same purpose. Yet they will be rewarded individually, according to their own hard work. 9 We work together as partners who belong to God. You are God's field, God's building--not ours.
So go ahead and do for the Lord or help someone else with your vision for the Lord, but remember that God is the one who will allow fruit to come out of it, not you!
And remember the words of King David to his son; or possibly the words of our Father, God, to you:
"Be strong and of good courage, and do it; do not fear nor be dismayed, for the LORD God--my God--will be with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you, until you have finished all the work for the service of the house of the LORD."