To Build a House

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1 Kings 7:1-512 Chronicles 3:15-4:221 Kings 7:51, “When all the work King Solomon had done for the temple of the Lord was finished, he brought in the things his father David had dedicated — the silver and gold and the furnishings — and he placed them in the treasuries of the Lord’s temple.”

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If you’ve ever built a home or even furnished an apartment, a lot of thought goes into making everything just right. Whether you hire a huge crew or master the art of DIY, you put in the work to make the finished product a smashing success.Now, imagine building the first temple to house the Lord’s presence. Solomon was tasked with this — perhaps the largest and most consequential building project of all time! He even questioned, “But who can really build Him a worthy home? Not even the highest heavens can contain Him!” Talk about a daunting task! But God promised Solomon, “If you obey all My commands and decrees, I will live among the Israelites and not abandon them.” So, Solomon embraced the challenge.We will never be given such a huge assignment when it comes to building God’s house. But we can be assured His promise still stands. If we make God’s house a priority, we will experience His presence. If we build His house by serving and investing, we will reap His rewards. And as we challenge and encourage one another to live a life of obedience, God will illuminate our paths and shine the brilliant blaze of His glory through us into the lives of others.

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Heavenly Father, Thank You for the greatest gift — the gift of Your ever-loving presence in my life. I seek to obey Your commands and do my part within Your house to shine Your light before others. Amen.