In Order. After An Accomplishment

June 16, 2017. 1 Kings 9, 2 Chronicles 8.



”Mission accomplished!”  That is what we are hearing when God says,

“Now all the work of Solomon was well-ordered from the day of the foundation of the house of the LORD until it was finished. So the house of the LORD was completed.” (2Chronicles 8:16)

Personally, we may not hear these exact words, but we have certainly experienced this sort of moment in our lives.  It may have been an act of service to the Lord.  Something physical like we see here with Solomon.  It may have been something spiritual in ministering or edifying another individual.  Maybe it was “successfully” reading through the Bible in a year.  Possibly it involved something we prayed about.  In any case it was something that was well-ordered, or firmly established from the beginning until it was completed.

Added to what the Lord tells us in this verse from 2Chronicles, is what He specifically tells Solomon in 1Kings.  With the house of the Lord completed, Solomon is to continue to walk or live a life before the Lord in a certain way. 

In integrity of heart and uprightness, doing according to all that I have commanded you and keep My statutes and My ordinances. (1Kings 9:4)

The greatest way to continue to enjoy the “thrill” of a mission accomplished is to use that accomplished mission as a reminder to continue to live a life before the Lord the way He wants us to live our daily life.  Specifically, to live our daily life the way He has instructed us to deal with each of the many facets of our life: family, hurt and pain, evil, finances, just to name a few. In general, to live our daily life doing everything “as unto the Lord.” 

Mission accomplished! Now continue to enjoy the thrill, by living a life of integrity and uprightness. 

Robert McClendon

Bob McClendon grew up in Pennsylvania, spent most of his adulthood in Colorado, and is now ready to learn how to be a Texan. He married his high school sweetheart, Tracy, in 1975. They have two...more