Scripture: 1 Kings 5-6; 2 Chronicles 2-3. Click here to view full scripture.
Observation: What was going on in the Bible at this time?
David had offered to build the temple back in the Book of 2 Samuel, but God told him no through Nathan, the prophet. David did, however, buy the land and helped gather the construction materials in order to build the temple. God wanted a peacemaker, such as Solomon, to build His temple. Solomon drafted men to build the temple and helped arrange their schedules so that they weren’t away from their homes for too long. The temple was more of a palace for God than a place of worship, so it was designed to be beautiful. God promised that His presence would never leave this temple if the Israelites continued to obey God’s laws for them.
Application: How can we apply this to our lives?
God is far greater than any structure or setting, so we must focus on praising Him rather than on the place of worship. However, it is not wrong to want to praise God in a beautiful setting or surrounding. God gives each person a unique talent, and we do not always possess the same skills and gifts as others. Whether we are believers or not, God gives us each special talents and skills. However, if we ever hire workers who are not believers to help with certain tasks, we also are gaining an opportunity to tell others about God. God loves us all equally, even though we are all sinners and fail miserably at different times in our lives. But, He is a loving and merciful God, and He will give us forgiveness when we ask Him for it. Solomon built the temple, as God had instructed Him to do. We must also obey God when He tells us to do something or directs us to go a certain path in life. God will reward us in the end for our obedience to Him; we cannot even begin to imagine!
Prayer: What can we pray for in regards to these passages?
Heavenly Father, Thank You for the examples and stories that You have placed in Your Word for us to learn from. Thank You for the Books of 1 Kings and 2 Chronicles and the lessons that come from each chapter. Father, we know that we are sinners, and we ask for Your forgiveness. Please help us to always follow Your ways for us, obeying and praising You through all circumstances in our lives. Please help us to love and obey You wholeheartedly. Please help us to love our enemies and to forgive those who have hurt us, as well. Please be with those who have rejected You, and help them to return to You, Father, before judgement. Help us to treat others with kindness, and help us to show the same traits to others as You do, following Your example. Help us to trust in Your care and provision in each of our lives. Even though we do not always get what we want in life, we know that You know what is best for us. Please help us to draw near to You, and please protect us from giving in to the pressures of this fallen world. We want to live Godly lives. When we face struggles in this life, Father, please help us to call upon You. Help us also to be more compassionate toward others who are struggling in this evil world, as well. Help us to be Your hands and feet in this world, and guide us in the right paths for our lives. Help us to trust in Your timing for our lives, and help us not to grow impatient. We thank You for Your son Jesus who died to free us from the slavery of our sins. Thank You for the unique gifts and talents that You give to each one of us; help us to work in unity with others to accomplish Your plan. Thank You for the promise of one day living in eternity with You. Please guide and protect us, our friends, families, pets, and our brothers and sisters around the world who are suffering. We love You and thank You for everything. – in Jesus’ name we pray, amen.