At this point, Solomon’s departure from God’s requirements, concerning how to take care of His people, is more evident: Solomon now has 30,000 people in forced labor.
Even when we are separated from Solomon in time, space, and culture we are not that different from him.
Solomon is using the excuse of building God’s temple to cut corners, to reason his way out of God standard for the king of His people. The king is supposed to be a reflection of God’s character. Just as now we, His followers, are supposed to reflect His character for others to see.
But like Solomon, so very often we cut corners. We find our way, using our sin-stained reasoning, out of God’s standard. And so many times, we accomplish this using very good excuses, just like the opportunity Solomon had to build God’s temple.
In clear contrast stands Jesus Christ, the faithful King. He never cut corners to keep God’s standards. He never used an excuse not to restored those the Father gave Him. He will not be satisfied with restoring a few, or even the great majority of His people.
All who belong to Him will be restored, because of His character, because of His beauty.
Because that is the way He does things.
And as the faithful King that He is, you and I can trust in His promises. Let me remind you of just two of them:
fear not, for I am with you;
be not dismayed, for I am your God;
I will strengthen you, I will help you,
I will uphold you with (A)my righteous right hand.
How do we know if we are trusting on His faithfulness? How do we know if we are being submissive to His kingship? Well, let me ask you two very personal questions:
- Are you mortified by your sin?
- Are you hopeful about the day you will see Him, face to face?
In this life we will fail, we will fall. But His work in our hearts cannot be denied, not for long and not permanently. Those two questions allow us to examine the condition of our spiritual formation. They will show if we really know and believe that sin will not have the last word on our life.
Gracia & Paz