Today's reading: 1 Kings 6:1-38
After putting in place thorough plans, Solomon turns to building the temple, the "house of the Lord." I love how we're given so much detail about the construction and make up of this magnificent structure. I found myself pondering the size and magnitude of the building itself (looked up some information on measurements, etc.), and also tried to visually imagine what this special place looked, from room to room as well as decoration and design. But as grand as the description of the temple was, my attention was drawn to the Lord's communication with Solomon (verses 11-13) that we find right in the middle of all of the details concerning the building of the temple, which struck me as being a little odd. I asked myself, Why, in the middle of construction, does God give this reminder to Solomon? As I contemplated the purpose of this reminder, God impressed on my heart (and reminded me) that temptations are always lurking around us, and even when our walk with God is strong, we are prone to stumble. That being the case, we absolutely need reminders to keep our minds and thoughts focused on God and His Word.
What sorts of things ("building projects") have the potential to pull your eyes off of God and His Word? Tami
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