Connect360: When God Says ‘No’

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Lesson 1 in the BaptistWay Press Connect360 unit “Solomon: No Ordinary Kind of Wisdom” focuses on 1 Chronicles 28:1-10.

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  • Lesson 1 in the BaptistWay Press Connect360 unit “Solomon: No Ordinary Kind of Wisdom” focuses on 1 Chronicles 28:1-10.

After David addressed the people, he turned to address his son directly. He encouraged Solomon to know, seek and serve God. He warned him not to forsake God, but to be strong and build the Temple. David not only told him what to do, he told Solomon how to do it. He told Solomon to seek and know God with his whole heart and to serve God with a willing mind. The knowing, the seeking, and the serving of God should not be done half-heartedly but wholeheartedly. This concept is a common theme in both books of Chronicles. It is mentioned seven times throughout both books.

This is sound advice for anyone. A man or woman in full-time ministry needs to make sure they know, seek and serve the Lord because they need to be in the will of God. If perhaps you are a businessperson, this advice is crucial in developing a business that has a kingdom perspective and not simply a worldly one. Many people may soon be taking on a new career path. David’s advice is good and can help you get started on the right foot. This exhortation is profitable for young people; whether you are a youth or a young adult. It is good to learn this early in life rather than late.

David’s words to Solomon are his words to us. David did not want Solomon to rule, reign or build the Temple on his strength but rely on God’s strength. The condition of Solomon’s success was to be based upon his obedience to God’s word.

God the Father Knows Best

There are times in life when God tells us “no.” Our request may be well-intended. It may be a good thing that will bring God glory. God may still say “no.” God has his reasons. He may reveal the reason to you, but he may not. At the times when God says “no,” we have to realize the reality of Romans 8:28, that God will work out the things in our life for our good. We must be like David and be satisfied with the position and place God has designed for us. God is sovereign and knows what is best.

This lesson has something to say to someone in a position as Solomon, who has a great responsibility God has placed in your hands. God has chosen people like you and me to do something great for him. It is an honor and a privilege that God call us with all of our faults and shortcomings because he is a gracious God.

God is concerned with what we do and how we do it. Therefore, whatever God has called you to do, you must do it willingly and with your whole heart. In every undertaking of God, you must have an undying commitment to him. You must be committed to knowing him, serving him, and not forsaking him.

Compiled by Stan Granberry, marketing coordinator for BaptistWay Press.

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