“…the temple was finished in all its details according to its specifications. He had spent seven years building it. It took Solomon thirteen years, however, to complete the construction of his palace…”
1 Kings 6:38-7:1 NIV
This past year we’ve made some changes in our home. We bought new curtains with matching bathroom accessories, purchased some art and put up a wall of family photos that makes our house look great! Then our church announced a building program with what seemed like an elaborate addition to me. I must admit I have struggled with the plan, not spreading my view of course! The idea of spending so much money seemed crazy to me and something I thought God wouldn’t want, until I read this portion of scripture and realized…our Daddy likes a nice house!
It struck me that God was ticked that Solomon spent so much more time and it sounds like more money on his own house. You could just write this off as a one-time event, unless you read Haggai chapter one. Again, God is mad at the people because they took care of their houses and not His! I’ve realized a good portion of the Old Testament are recordings of God’s people building beautiful places to meet with Him, all designed by God.
My view is forever changed. His house should be the best, the most beautiful, one He can “take pleasure in” and “be honored” (Haggai 1:8), ‘cause our Daddy likes a nice house!
Father…Forgive me for ever putting my house in priority over yours. You deserve nothing but our best we can give! I want You to to have the best home in town, and in my heart! In Jesus Name…Amen