It is a sobering thing to realize that (unless the Lord returns before you die) someday a preacher will have to think of some way to sum up your life. What I want to say to you today is this: Long before that day comes, your life itself will preach a sermon. One way or another, God will glorify Himself in that sermon. The question is, what sermon will your life preach? As we look at this story today, I want you to ask yourself a couple of questions. First, what message has your life preached up to now? I don’t mean a message about you, like “Work hard enough, and you can achieve whatever you want!” I mean a message about God. And second, what message do you want your life to preach from this time on?
2 Chronicles 7:11-22 represents the second time the Lord appeared personally to King Solomon. The first, which we looked at a couple weeks ago, came near the beginning of his reign, when God offered him one request, anything he desired. Solomon chose wisdom, which was the best choice of all. As a result, he was the wisest king Israel ever knew, and he led them to the greatest prosperity in their history. The days of Solomon were Israel’s golden age, when the nation had political power and military peace, when silver was as common as stones. But this time when God came to Solomon, it was in the middle of his reign. Solomon had finished building the temple of the Lord and his own magnificent palace. He was in the 40-50 year old range. CS Lewis once said “The long, dull, monotonous years of middle-aged prosperity or middle-aged adversity are excellent campaigning weather for the Devil.” That was certainly true for Solomon. That is the context; This Sunday we'll look at what the Lord said to the king.