“I have heard your prayer and your supplication that you have made before Me; I have consecrated this house which you have built to put My name there forever, and My eyes and My heart will be there perpetually. Now, if you walk before Me as your father David walked, in integrity of heart and in uprightness, to do according to all that I have commanded you, keeping My statutes and My judgments, then I will establish the throne of your kingdom over Israel forever… ‘You shall not fail to have a man on the throne of Israel.’
But if you or your sons at all turn from following Me, and do not keep My commandments and My statutes which I have set before you, but go and serve other gods and worship them, then I will cut off Israel from the land which I have given them; and this house which I have consecrated for My name I will cast out of My sight.
2 Chronicles 7:21 – 22 “And as for this house, which is exalted, everyone who passes by it will be astonished and say, ‘Why has the Lord done thus to this land and this house?’ Then they will answer, ‘Because they forsook the Lord God of their fathers, who brought them out of the land of Egypt, and embraced other gods, and worshiped them and served them; therefore He has brought all of this calamity on them.’ ”
This time the Lord’s words have a much harsher tone. Failing to keep the Lords commands would not only allow Solomon and his family to suffer, but all of Israel would suffer with him. Serving and worshiping after other gods will bring ruin and disaster on both the Lord’s temple and the existence of the nation. Where there is genuine trust in the Lord and it is exercised in total commitment, “The Lord will guide the believer along life’s paths in spite of difficulties and hindrances.” Solomon was warned to lead the people in obedient faith to the God of Israel if they were to receive the full provisions of the Davidic Covenant.
Because of one’s man’s sin, many will suffer. Should he do so… God would abandon both the temple and the people among whom he had chosen to dwell. Will Solomon use the God-given wisdom that had been given to him for the greater kingdom? Or will the greater part of his success turn inward…