Fairview Baptist Tabernacle
Friday, September 22, 2017
Staying Connected
 Archived Pastor's Desk 2017.01.01

January 1 – January 7 


Scripture Passage:  “Who is left among you that saw this house in her first glory?  And how do you see it now?  Is it not in your eyes in comparison of it as nothing?”  Haggai 2:3


“For who hath despised the day of small things?  For they shall rejoice, and shall see the plummet in the hand of Zerubbabel with those seven; they are the eyes of the Lord, which run to and fro through the whole earth.”   Zechariah 4:10


Dear Friends,


     If you have ever lived through a great movement of God and then lived to see sin destroy the grandeur and majesty of what took place, then you understand what the prophets Haggai and Zechariah were experiencing.  There were people alive at this time that could still remember the glory of Solomon and his kingdom.  They remembered the grandeur of Solomon’s Temple and entourage of dignitaries that traveled from afar to see it.  They remembered the sense of national pride they had during his reign and the unlimited abundance of blessings and wealth.  It all started so well and ended so badly.  Solomon had begun by asking God to give him wisdom to lead his people.  He admitted his limited ability and great need for spiritual discernment.  God honored him by giving him exceptional wisdom.  Because he had asked for something so humble and unselfish, God also gave him what he had not asked for – wealth, possessions and prestige.  He had it all with one string attached – love God and obey Him.  Simple enough.  He started out with one worldly ambition and that was to fulfill his father’s desire to build a house for God to dwell in.  His father, David, had already put aside a large amount of his personal assets to finance the project.  Some of David’s friends had agreed to contribute by providing building materials.  The greatest artisans had already been contracted to oversee the construction process and laborers were awaiting instructions and permission to begin.  The finished product was magnificent and has been chronicled as one of the most beautiful buildings ever built.  How do you go from being a king to a pauper in one generation?  The answer is in the condition that God attached to the promise – love God and obey Him. 


     I do not know at what point Solomon began to change, but apparently it did not take long.  Two things began to creep in that undermined his love for God.  Pride of life and love for beautiful women began to take precedence over his love for God.  Instead of being proud of his God, he began to be proud of himself and what he had accomplished.  He began to love exotic women and began obeying them rather than God.  To appease them, he began building shrines and groves so they would not have to choose between their God’s and His.  We are never told that Solomon worshipped strange Gods, only that his wives did.  He compromised his morals, values and spiritual standards by the people he surrounded himself with. It did not take long before everything he had was not enough.  He did not deprive himself of anything or anyone to appease his sex drive.  He died a lonely and embittered man.  He built houses, buildings, ships, and cities, but wrote about the vanity (uselessness) of life and how disappointed he was.  The fame he began with turned into the shame of a backslidden life.  He was known as the wisest of men but he sure made some stupid decisions.  If you would like a paper trail of what he learned, begin reading the book of Proverbs.  There are thirty-one chapters, one for each calendar day.  The pages ooze with wisdom learned from personal experience. 


     Each of us are at a crossroad in our journey of life.  We cannot go back and change anything, but we can learn from our mistakes.  We cannot do too much about tomorrow except plan and set godly goals.  We can do something about today, right now, at this time, where we are.  I often feel I am not accomplishing much, but God says not to despise the small things.  If we do small things well, they eventually amount to something great in the end.  I remember the glory days when I was being acknowledged across the state for great accomplishments, but that page has turned and a new chapter has begun.  Now I am acknowledged with distinct honor by a wonderful church family and community of friends as the “Pastor” of Fairview Baptist Tabernacle Church.  Most people only know me as Pastor Johnny or “The Preacher.”  I just don’t think it can get any better than that.  I will never be 30 again or as sharp intellectually as I once was, but the best is yet to come.  I can’t wait to see what God is going to do. 


In Christ,


Pastor Johnny