Do it again. Then again. And again. Build up. Build high. Build strong. Build majestically.
“So Solomon’s builders and Hiram’s builders and the men of Gebal did the cutting and prepared the timber and stone to build the temple.”
1 Kings 5:18
In 1 Kings 5-8, King Solomon builds the temple of God in Jerusalem and organizes the construction. This would be a grand undertaking, but Solomon was dedicated to seeing it through to the end. He was determined to see the promise of the Lord fulfilled when He said that He would build the temple through Him.
Building the temple required consistency of work and oversight everyday. Solomon was up to the task.
“Be careful now, for the Lord has chosen you to build a house for the sanctuary; be strong and do it.” 11 Then David gave Solomon his son the plan of the vestibule of the temple, and of its houses, its treasuries, its upper rooms, and its inner chambers, and of the room for the mercy seat; 12 and the plan of all that he had in mind for the courts of the house of the Lord, all the surrounding chambers, the treasuries of the house of God, and the treasuries for dedicated gifts.”
1 Chronicles 28:10-12
David empowered his son to build the temple. David blessed his son to build the temple. David taught his son how he should build the temple.
“Then David said to Solomon his son, “Be strong and courageous and do it. Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed, for the Lord God, even my God, is with you. He will not leave you or forsake you, until all the work for the service of the house of the Lord is finished.” 1 Chronicles 28:20
Godly fathers bless their sons and daughters to accomplish the Lord’s work and build the Kingdom of God.
David loves God, loves His son, and loves His people. Thus, he always seeks to inspire them into greatness. This only increases Solomon’s aptitude for building the temple because He knows it is what his father wants and that his father approves of him.
Men need their fathers to approve of them But even more so, they need the Lord God to approve of them. When your family cannot support you the way you deserve to be supported and affirmed, remember God affirms you and His approval is the only approval you need. He will be your father.
“A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling. God sets the lonely in families, he leads out the prisoners with singing.” Psalm 68:5-6
God is your defender. God is your champion. God is your Father. He is with you.
God is consistently present in the lives of His children. His presence seeks to dwell with you at all times.
Your consistency produces longevity.
If you want results, be consistent. If you want the outcome, put in the heavy lifting and the gritty exertion en route to what you are building.
“Jesus said, “Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it?” Luke 14:28
Consistency in accomplishing what you set out to do requires planning and budgeting.
“Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, 30 saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish.’” Luke 14:29-30
The good news is God is your provider. So you have an endless budget.
“I have no need for a bull from your stall or goats from your pens, for every animal of the forest is mine, and I own the cattle on a thousand hills.“ Psalm 5;9-10
God can provide everything you need and more.
So the focus should not just be the cost of finances. The focus should be on trusting God to come through in your finances and stewarding your finances in such a way that He can bless it. Jesus will meet you at the point of your faith.
Paul said in Philippians 4:19, “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of His glory in Christ Jesus.”
Do you trust God will meet your needs?
Jesus said your faith can make you move mountains. Nothing will be impossible.
In Matthew 17, the disciples come to Jesus and ask him whey they were not able to “drive out a demon” from a person consumed with evil spirits in verse 19.
“Afterward the disciples came to Jesus privately and asked, “Why couldn’t we drive it out?” Matthew 17:19
Jesus replied to them that it was a result of their faith. They needed more faith.
Jesus said, “He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” Matthew 17:20
Increase your faith by remembering WHO GOD IS!
When you know WHO GOD IS, you know He is the richest being in the universe and He can provide for you. Entrust your finances to Jesus. Tithe ten percent of your income as He taught, so that your heart will be free from the love of money and you can actually enjoy what you earn.
“Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.” Malachi 3:10
Following God may have costs but God always covers it because He is God. Trust Him and be willing to wait on Him to provide for you. Be consistent in your trust.
When King Solomon built the holy temple in Jerusalem, he knew what it would cost and what he would need to be successful.
He communicated with the surrounding leaders to collaborate in a joint effort to work together. He was consistent in overseeing the temple’s construction. Be consistent.
“So we must not get tired of doing good, for we will reap at the proper time if we don’t give up.”
King Solomon never gave up. You don’t either. Be consistent in what you partner with God to accomplish.
Your consistency produces your fortress and your blossoming garden.
Your consistency sparks miracles to happen.
Your consistency shows God you are capable of stewarding what He wants to give you.
God said: “Concerning this temple that you are building, if you walk in My statutes and obey My rules and keep all My commandments, then I will establish My word with you, which I spoke to David your father. And I will dwell among the children of Israel and will not forsake my people Israel.” So Solomon built the temple and finished it.”
1 Kings 6:12-14
Solomon built the temple. Done. Finished.
“And in the eleventh year, in the month of Bul, which is the eighth month, the house was finished in all its parts, and according to all its specifications. He was seven years in building it.” 1 Kings 6:17-19
How could Solomon finish such a strenuous task?
He kept the end-goal in mind: God’s own delight.
God delighted in Solomon’s tenacity to finish the temple for Him. So He promised to dwell among them forever.
After this construction, Solomon also builds a palace for his family as God blesses him with riches.
“Thus all the work that King Solomon did on the house of the Lord was finished. And Solomon brought in the things that David his father had dedicated, the silver, the gold, and the vessels, and stored them in the treasuries of the house of the Lord.”
1 Kings 7:51
Your consistency will bring God’s favor.
Your consistent faith moves the heart of God.
“Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.”
1 Thessalonians 15:58
for every soul
You battled for
Your love is consistent
so I trust You
and give You