We read today of an orderly transition from one king to another. David had set the house of Israel in order, jobs were defined and fillled. The plans for the temple were completed to the last detail.
Solomon listened as David told him to acknowledge God and seek Him with a whole heart and a willing mind, because God searches the hearts and motives of the people. If you seek Him diligently, you will find Him because He wants you to find Him.
If, however, you reject Him, He will reject you as well. He will not force you to love Him. Because He gave you a free will, He wants you to come back to him of your own accord. You are able to choose freely whether you are among His people or not.
After the bloodshed of the years, David was not to be allowed to build the temple because he was a warrior and had shed blood. But Solomon had been chosen to build the temple. God set a philosophical king over the land to replace the warrior king.
David's battles had cleared the way for Solomon's peace.
Help us to understand that Your plans are perfect. That no matter what we think or say, Your precepts are the foundation of all our faith. Keep us rooted and grounded in Your peace.
In Jesus' most precious name.