PROSPERITY FROM OBEDIENCE
Date: May 1
1 Kings 5:5a, 1 Kings 6:12
"And I purpose to build a house to the Name of the Lord, my God, as the Lord said to David my father."
"Concerning this house which you are building, if you will walk in My statutes, execute My precepts, and keep all My commandments to walk in them, then I will fulfill to you My promises which I made to David your father."
God is talking to Solomon here about promises, promises that He made to King David. Solomon says in the fifth verse of chapter 5, "I purpose to build a house to the Name of the Lord my God." It was Solomon who decided to build a house. He wanted to do something for God. When he prayed to God, God answered him. But He placed a condition upon fulfilling His promises. God says in chapter 6:12b, "if you will walk in My statutes, execute My precepts, and keep all My commandments to walk in them, then I will fulfill to you My promises which I made to David your father." That's the condition that God gives to Solomon.
Statutes, precepts, and commandments really mean the same thing. Often people wonder why God hasn't fulfilled His promise to bless their marriages, their bodies, their children, their job, and their life. But they don't ask themselves why they haven't done what God wanted them to do in order to receive those blessings. God needs us to be obedient first. He needs us to do what He has commanded us to do.
The same example is found in parents and children. If children don't do what they're supposed to do, they won't receive the promises that their parents made. Privileges are often taken away and punishment is usually administered. But if children obey their parents and do what they're supposed to do, then promises and rewards will be fulfilled.
It's the same way with God. Those promises that He has made are there. But whether or not the promises are fulfilled depends on us. In this case, the promise that God made was to bless Solomon. The fulfillment of this promise depended on Solomon. Most of God's promises have some kind of condition that we must complete before the promise can be fulfilled. So, the question is not, ‘will God bless me?' because He will. He wants to bless His children. But the question is, ‘am I willing to do what it takes to receive that blessing?' So, it's not a question of whether or not God wants to bless you. He wants to. But the question is whether or not you want to be blessed. Now, if you want to be blessed, you have to also ask yourself, "Am I walking in His statutes? Do I execute His precepts? Do I keep His commandments?" If you want God to be with you, you've got to be with God.
For example, if you purposely choose not to be friends with somebody, would he want to be friends with you? Of course not! But if you're friendly with other people, they will be friendly with you as well. It's the same thing with God. God needs you to devote time to Him on a daily basis. He has such wonderful blessings stored up for you. But it's up to you to receive them. First of all, receive them by faith in believing that they're there and then by your obedience to His Word.