When Working for Him
1 Kings 7 & 2 Chronicles 4
After the temple was built, Solomon built his palace. When I read through this, my first thought was that he had his priorities right in building God’s house first, but why did he spend more time building his palace? It doesn’t directly say, but I can guess from what is missing, that there wasn’t the eager readiness of someone to provide all the materials and laborers for this. Another reason the commentaries say is because there wasn’t the same sense of urgency in completing the task. The one for God – utmost importance, need to get this done! The one for Solomon, they get it done, but the timing isn’t as important. So that brought my thinking again to priorities as with Proverbs. Do I put God’s work first? Do I approach it with a great sense of urgency? I wish I could say yes, but I don’t think that is often the case. I need to make sure that how I am choosing to spend my time is lining up with what I say my priorities are.
Then we are back to temple (or if you are reading the 2 Chronicles account, you never left that). It is talking about the furnishings – again, if it is hard for you to visualize, look up a picture! It makes reading it easier.
This description is again so specific but speaks to the intricacies of what was being done to prepare the temple of God. This had to take so much preparation, and then the work that went into all the details was intense too. This wasn’t being done halfway. They really were trying to build, to the best of their human abilities, something to truly glorify God.
When we do something for God, do we put our full effort into it? Or do we just get it done? When we aren’t excited about something, I think sometimes we just aim to get the task done. And it may need to be done. But I don’t think that brings joy to God the way it would if we gave it our all. God may still be glorified through our work, but for me at least, I don’t feel the same. If I didn’t put my full effort in, I can tell, even if others can’t. I want to please God in what I do, and I think He is most pleased when I am putting in 100% effort.
So put your full effort into what you are doing today! See what kind of difference it makes for you.
Today’s Bible passage can be read or listened to at https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+Kings+7%2C+2+Chronicles+4&version=NIV
Tomorrow’s reading will be 1 Kings 8 and 2 Chronicles 5 as we continue on our 2020 Chronological Bible Reading Plan