1 Chronicles 28:20
“Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Don’t be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you.
CULTIVATING GOD CONFIDENCE
How do you feel when you’re asked to take on a new challenge?
Are you filled with confidence, eager to give it a go, or are you hesitant, unsure whether you have what it takes?
As Solomon took over as king and prepared to build the Temple, he lacked confidence, but his father, David, encouraged him to place his confidence in God, not in his own abilities. It is like we said on Sunday in our service “Forget self-confidence. Start cultivating God-confidence!”
Then David continued, “Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Don’t be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. He will see to it that all the work related to the Temple of the Lord is finished correctly.” (1 Chronicles 28:20)
Here we see Solomon facing a daunting task. His father, David, is nearing the end of his life, and Solomon is on the brink of taking over from David as king. As if that wasn’t challenge enough, Solomon has also been given the job of coordinating the building of the Temple where the people will go to worship God.
As he considers this task, it is clear that his confidence is lacking.
Even later on in the account, after Solomon has taken over as king, the Bible records him praying about this challenge: “O Lord my God, you have made me king instead of my father, David, but I am like a little child who doesn’t know his way around.” 1 Kings 3:7 NLT Ever feel like that in a new task, “like a child who doesn’t know his/her way around?
It is striking to look at how David encourages his son amid his lack of confidence in God and feelings of inadequacy. He doesn’t just attempt to encourage Solomon that he can do it, that he has what it takes. He doesn’t list the skills, gifts and character traits Solomon possesses which will equip him for what lies ahead.
Instead, he is honest about Solomon’s limitations and the significance and indeed immensity of the task:
“My son Solomon, whom God has clearly chosen as the next king of Israel, is still young and inexperienced. The work ahead of him is enormous.” 1 Chronicles 29:1
He calls Solomon not to a confidence based on his own ability, but to a confidence in God because he was chosen for the task. David doesn’t look to give a boost to Solomon’s self-worth, but to encourage his confidence in the God who has called him.
Notice David’s emphasis:
Not: “You can do this!”, but: “God is with you.”
Not: “You have all the skills you need!”, but: “God will see that the work is completed.”
Not: “Just work hard and do your best!” but: “Trust in God – He will not fail you or forsake you.”
David calls Solomon, his son, to confidence not in himself and his ability, but in God and His faithfulness.
And just as David’s words encouraged Solomon to get on with the work of building the Temple, these words encourage us, to get on with the work of “building the temple” that God is calling us to build, to step out in faith, putting our confidence in the God who calls. It may not make the task easy, and there will definitely be many challenges along the way, but, like Solomon, we will be witnesses to God’s faithfulness and we will testify to experiencing the truth that when God calls us, He enables us.
Our confidence in Him is never ever misplaced.
Here is the outcome according to the Bible, “So Solomon sat on the throne of the Lord as king in place of his father David. He prospered and all Israel obeyed him. All the officers and warriors, as well as all of King David’s sons, pledged their submission to King Solomon.
The Lord highly exalted Solomon in the sight of all Israel and bestowed on him royal splendor such as no king over Israel ever had before.”
What is God calling you to move toward today?
How can you step out in faith, putting your confidence, not in yourself, but in the God who calls?