3. God will help you (1)

King Solomon was the one that built the first Temple to God. As we've seen last week, King David wanted to build the Temple to God, but God said no, Solomon will. So David started preparing for the building of the Temple. He helped Solomon by collecting a vast number of materials as we have seen last week.

God wanted Solomon to build Him a Temple. And Solomon was obedient and followed God's instructions and God was mightily with him. All the material was collected by his father David before he died, so there was no need to scramble to find material. Then the timber - cedar and cypress - was sent to Solomon without delay by King Hiram (1 Kings 5:7-9). There were no issues concerning that. The laborers working on the Temple were 183 600 people. There were 30 000 laborers enlisted in Israel, 70 000 common laborers, 80 000 stone cutters and 3 600 foremen (1 Kings 5:13-18). Can you imagine organizing, instructing and overseeing so many people without today's technology? It must have been a massive task. And yet there were no issues with that either. God was with them and helped with all the detail. He even sent skilled workers to help with the more difficult work of designing the furniture.

The Temple took 7 years to build. Seven is also a significant number in the Bible, symbolic of the full presence of the sevenfold Spirit of God and also relates to perfection. His Temple was perfect and filled with His Spirit as we will see next week.

The fact of the matter is, God orchestrated everything for the building of His Temple and helped that it ran smoothly. Solomon merely had to be willing to be used for this task. God in actual fact built the Temple, not Solomon himself.

The lesson for us today is that if God wants you to do something, He will help you. He won't leave you in the dark to fend for yourself. No, He will help you and guide you. All you need to do is to listen to His Voice and be obedient to His calling by being available to be used. Some resistance may come if you are flowing in His will, but He will help you through it. Just make sure that the resistance is because you are on the right path and not because you are on the wrong one.

The problem with us many times is that we don't make the time to listen and make sure what God wants us to do. We rush into things and think that we heard from Him, and when the resistance and closed doors come, we think it is the devil trying to hinder us. In the mean time we are not on the right path at all. So first of all make sure that you are on the right path, and when you are sure that you are, press forward with God by your side and do what He has placed in your heart. He will help you. Even if apparent success is not manifesting, press forward, the breakthrough will come.

I have experienced this with my books. I have had soooooo much resistance (I can write a whole book about it), and yet I know that I know that God wants me to continue. Even if apparent worldly success still evades, I know He wants me to share His Word to the world. And He makes it possible for me and shares His heart with me. What more can I want?

Continue with what He has placed in your heart. Move forward with His help en change your community right there where you are. He is trustworthy and will help you. He helped Solomon to build a glorious Temple, are you not worth more in value to Him?

Father thank you so much that You help us. We are so grateful. Help us to hear Your voice more clearly. Help us to be obedient once we do and to press forward, knowing that a heavenly reward awaits us. We love You and trust You to know best. Amen

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