2 Chronicles 7:18
“Then will I stablish the throne of thy kingdom, according as I have covenanted with David thy father, saying, There shall not fail thee a man to be ruler in Israel.”
Solomon had just finished the building of the temple. He prayed to God and asked Him to bless this great work that he had finished. God’s answer to Solomon is one of teaching him that if he did right that God would continue His blessings, but if he did wrong that He would destroy his kingdom.
One of the critical phrases to Solomon’s reign is found in the verse above when God says, “Then will I stablish the throne of they kingdom…” The word “stablish” is the same word that we use today, “establish.” God is interested in people being established in life. One of the sad things I often see is how many people are in the middle years of their lives and have yet to establish their lives. My friend, you are not going to live forever. At some point, you need to establish yourself so that God can do something with you. The younger adults and young married couples especially need to be sure to establish their lives so that they don’t wander aimlessly through life. Let me share several things that you must do to establish your life.
First, establish your beliefs. Figure out from God’s Word what you should believe and never revisit that foundation again. Once you know what you should believe from God’s Word, never go back to question if you were right with what you believed when trials or battles come. Nobody should let adversity be a time to revisit the foundations they set from God’s Word when the battles and trials were not present. Just because you are going through tough times doesn’t mean you need to change what you believe. Never let the unstable times cause you to change what you established you should believe from God’s Word while life was stable. Establish what you believe, and stand on it for the rest of your life.
Second, establish your patterns. Establish your pattern that God’s activities must be placed first before any other activity. Every person needs to establish a pattern of daily reading the Scriptures and praying, and going to church every time the church doors are open. Too many young people tend to let these things drop when they are not easy, but you must remember you didn’t establish them because it would be easy. Once you set the pattern of going to church for every service, never be revisit this pattern when going to church or reading the Scriptures and praying is inconvenient.
Third, establish your direction. Many young people have said when they were young that they wanted to serve the LORD for the rest of their life, but they changed directions when that direction didn’t agree with opportunities for prosperity. Never change the direction of methods and associations just because your direction means you will lose friends in life. Establish your direction of who you are with where you are going with the LORD, and stability will follow.
Fourth, establish your finances. Settle now that you will always tithe. Don’t let the tough financial times dissuade you from tithing. God’s blessings on your finances will come when you establish that tithing is not a consideration to drop.
The test of what you have established in life is what you do when the winds of adversity blow against what you say you believe. You won’t change if you establish what you believe from God’s Word and never revisit those beliefs when the winds of adversity blow.