Monday, October 8
Prone to Wander
Today's reading: 1 Kings 6:1-38
After putting thorough plans in place, Solomon turns to building the temple, the "house of the Lord." I love how we're given so much detail about the construction of this magnificent structure. I found myself pondering the size and magnitude of the building itself and also tried to visualize this special place from room to room as well as decoration and design. (If you'd like to see some model images of the temple, there are quite a few available online.)
But as grand as the description of the temple was, the LORD’s communication with Solomon right in the middle of all of the details (verses 11-13) drew my attention. 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 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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