And, behold, I purpose to build a house unto the name of the LORD my God, as the LORD spoke unto David my father, saying, Your son, whom I will set upon your throne in your place, he shall build a house unto my name.
1 Kings 5:5 NKJV
Hard to believe we’re midway through 2012 already. Do you still remember the New Year’s Resolution you made six months ago? How is that coming along now? What? Sore subject? You’re not alone. I purposely stopped making resolutions (mostly involving eating right and being organized) years ago just so I don’t have to face the fact that I failed. Again.
I would have bypassed my main verse had Jon Courson not pointed out that it is connected to 1 King 6:1 And it came to pass…. that [Solomon] began to build the house of the LORD (KJV Cambridge Ed).
So in Chapter 5, Solomon purposed in his heart. In Chapter 6, he took another important step: He began. Jon Courson said that “the pathway of Bible studies and conferences is strewn with the intentions of those who purposed but never began. We must both purpose and begin if we are going to complete the work God has called us to do” (Jon Courson’s Application Commentary, Old Testament, volume 1, page 971).
Some people have a hard time just beginning something. Even something that they know is God-led. Or maybe because of it. Not that they set out to be disobedient in the first place. (Have you ever noticed though that what God wants to do often involves something out of our comfort zone?) They are afraid that they might fail. That they would look foolish. That they would disappoint God. The source is a four letter word: fear. In one of her devotions, Joyce Meyer shared that fear aka False Evidence Appearing Real is not an emotion, but a spirit straight from the devil himself. I never thought of it that way before. But it makes sense doesn’t it? The enemy rattles around whispering “what ifs” and lies and next thing you know, the blog never gets started (or updated), the book idea gets shelved, the ministry never takes off. They miss out on a blessing, we miss out on a message. In the end everybody loses.
Let’s look back at the reading, Solomon purposed, then he began. And this is what came to pass…(Image of Solomon’s temple from this website)
Isn’t it spectacular? Now, imagine what God wants to do in your life. One step of faith on your part could impact another life, then another and it ripples throughout eternity. Who knows the kind of beauty that can come from your obedience? Remember, whatever it is you (or God) purpose in your heart, the only way it will come to pass is if you take that first step and start.
Like that Nike commercial says: Just Do It. But don’t stop at that catch phrase, add an important ingredient at the end. Just do it – in faith.
[Reading from Blue Letter Bible – Chronological Plan]