This day Solomon prayed for the people of Israel. Even though this was a day of great celebration, he prayed in a way that foretold all of the bad times that would come. And he did so because he ain’t gotta lie to everyone sins and that sin would separate them from God’s goodness. Why would Solomon, on this great day, bring up all of these negative things? It is because it is the reality of human living. people sin. Even when God has been kind to them beyond measure and fulfilled all his promises to them. People do forget him and walk in their own ways. So even though this was a day when the glory of God filled the temple and people have a hard time standing up under it, it was still a time to warn people about the realities of what would happen if they did forsake following God’s ways.
Today we need to hear the same warnings. Jesus can and warned us about the persecution we would suffer when we are obedient, but also the suffering we would go through when we are disobedient. In the book of Revelation there were messages sent to the seven churches of Asia. most of those churches were given stern warnings because they were walking and ways that were against the Lord. We need to hear those things again. because much of what we are suffering today in America is not because we are obedient. It is because we have been self-satisfied and have sought things instead of the kingdom of God.