He built the upper gate of the house of the Lord, and did extensive building on the wall of Ophel. Moreover, he built cities in the hill country of Judah, and in the forests he built fortresses and towers. He also fought with the king of the Ammonites and prevailed over them. As a result the Ammonites gave him during that year a hundred talents of silver and ten thousand measures each of wheat and of barley. The Ammonites also paid him that much in the second year and third year. So Jotham grew powerful, because he directed his ways before the Lord his God. – 2 Chronicles 27:3-6
This was always a positive sign in Judah. When kings and leaders were concerned about the house of the Lord, it reflected some measure of spiritual revival.- David Guzik
Solomon’s prayer and God’s response are played out in the reigns of the kings. The physical condition of the temple would correspond with the spiritual condition of the nation. The disrepair or looting of the temple indicated spiritual weakness in the nation. On the other hand, the restoration of the temple was an indication of national repentance and a devout heart.
The Scriptures make it clear that our ultimate victory is the Lord’s doing, not our own. Our ability to conquer and come through this life faithful and true is made possible by the indwelling presence of God Himself. Our faithfulness is not of our own making, but is provided by the Spirit of God within us. He empowers and equips us. He gives us strength to obey and the will to remain faithful to the end. So that when all is said and done, and we stand before the Father in heaven, we will hear the words, “Behold your God!” and fully understand the sobering significance of their meaning.
The plans and reflections of the heart belong to man,
But the [wise] answer of the tongue is from the Lord.
All the ways of a man are clean and innocent in his own eyes [and he may see nothing wrong with his actions],
But the Lord weighs and examines the motives and intents [of the heart and knows the truth].
[a]Commit your works to the Lord [submit and trust them to Him],
And your plans will succeed [if you respond to His will and guidance].
The Lord has made everything for its own purpose,
Even the wicked [according to their role] for the day of evil. – Proverbs 16:1-4
Unless we continue to grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ, we are all capable of being led away by the error of the wicked, and right into the destruction caused by twisting and misunderstanding God’s word! So we need to make sure that we are found to be living in peace, without spot and blameless, which we can do by diligently studying the scriptures to insure that we’re living in accordance with what the Bible teaches.