Solomon son of David established himself in his kingdom; the Lord his God was with him and made him exceedingly great. 2 Chronicles 1:1 NRSV
In the First Book of Chronicles, the establishment of the Israeli monarchy up through King David's rise to power was told. The Second Book of Chronicles follows what happens after David's death, including the building of the temple and the eventual dissolution of the kingdom, the monarchy and the people.
Here in verse one we see the new king but we also notice who is the true power behind the throne.
Solomon established himself but it was God, who was with him, who made him "exceedingly great."
As we journey through II Chronicles we will notice when God is not with a monarch and how that makes the ruler exceedingly bad if not downright evil.
So, we immediately know that if God is with us, we too can be made exceedingly great.
How well are you established in your own kingdom?
Do you truly believe that God is with you?
In what ways has God made you exceedingly great?
God, we ask for your constant presence and guidance. Keep us from pushing you away or being distracted by the world. We want to be exceedingly great in your eyes. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Copyright 2010 Amelia G. Sims