May 12: 1 Kings 7 & 2 Chronicles 4
1 Solomon was building his own house thirteen years, and he finished his entire house.
2 He built the House of the Forest of Lebanon.
6 And he made the Hall of Pillars; its length was fifty cubits, and its breadth thirty cubits. There was a porch in front with pillars, and a canopy in front of them.
7 And he made the Hall of the Throne where he was to pronounce judgment, even the Hall of Judgment. It was finished with cedar from floor to rafters.
8 His own house where he was to dwell, in the other court back of the hall, was of like workmanship. Solomon also made a house like this hall for Pharaoh's daughter whom he had taken in marriage.
9 All these were made of costly stones, cut according to measure, sawed with saws, back and front, even from the foundation to the coping, and from the outside to the great court. 10 The foundation was of costly stones, huge stones, stones of eight and ten cubits. 11 And above were costly stones, cut according to measurement, and cedar. 12 The great court had three courses of cut stone all around, and a course of cedar beams; so had the inner court of the house of the Lord and the vestibule of the house.
1 Kings 7:1-2 & 6-12
King Solomon had finished building the Temple; in seven years, with the labor of thousands, the Temple of the Lord stood in all of its splendor. What next? As the remaining temple furnishings were completed, Solomon began to work on the building of his own house.
The order here is not to be overlooked; Solomon built the house of God before beginning to work on his own house. We have really lost sight of that order in our own lives today.
How many years are spent preparing for the careers we have chosen? As we enter our new professions, what is our first thought? Now we can save up our money for that dream house we have always wanted. Is that wrong? No; it is not wrong! However, we must not neglect our first love; our love for our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Christ is all! He, alone, is to be preeminent in all of our thoughts, words, and actions. Every decision we make, including building our house, must be centered upon our love and service for Christ.
Is it wrong to be rich? Are we supposed to sell everything we have and give to the ministry of the Lord? When we think of the blessings of God, is it wrong to consider wealth as part of those blessings?
Often we think of money as the root of all evil; it is not money, but rather the LOVE OF MONEY that is the root of all evil. God blessed Solomon with great riches, as he often blesses his children today. He uses his wealthy servants to spread His Word and to bless the poor and needy.
Build your dream home and enjoy the blessings of the wealth God has given to you, but keep your priorities in the right place.
29 Jesus answered, "The most important is, 'Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30 And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.' 31 The second is this: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no other commandment greater than these."
God Bless You,
All Scriptures are from the English Standard Version of the Bible.