Scripture: 1 Kings 6 – 7.
(What is God saying here?)
1 Kings 6:11-13 (NLT)
11 Then the Lord gave this message to Solomon: 12 “Concerning this Temple you are building, if you keep all my decrees and regulations and obey all my commands, I will fulfill through you the promise I made to your father, David. 13 I will live among the Israelites and will never abandon my people Israel.”
(How Can I apply what God is saying here to my circumstances today?)
These two chapters relay the story about the great temple that Solomon built for the Lord. I believe that he had a pure heart about building the very best for the Lord and sparing no expense. However, during the construction God gave a message to Solomon, and this is what spoke to my heart today. In the verses mentioned above, God basically told Solomon: hey, I appreciate what you are doing, but it’s a broken and contrite heart that I am looking for, one that is obedient to me and follows my commands. I believe that many times in churches today, including mine, we spend so much time worrying about the physical appearances of the place that we worship, that it might appear to God like we are worshipping it instead of Him. I believe that if we spent as much time in preparation for worship, in preparation of Sunday School lessons, in preparation of our hearts and souls for worship, as we do in gossiping, in planning parties, in things that tend to please us, then God might just listen to our heart-cry knowing the sincerity of our hearts, knowing that our aim is to worship Him and that we are looking for ways to better understand His will for our lives so that we may be obedient to Him. I believe that all the extra-curricular things that we do are for our selfish satisfaction and pleasure, not for pleasing God or proving to Him that our desire is to draw closer to Him through these things. I am not advocating that we should be stuck in a box with no type of fun as a Christian, but I am convinced that we should show where our priorities are. God desires our heart and our obedience. To align our heart with His, we must be in a constant learning mode with every effort to learn about Him and His character and His will, as relayed to us through His Word. Psalms 51:17 (AMP) : My sacrifice [the sacrifice acceptable] to God is a broken spirit; a broken and a contrite heart [broken down with sorrow for sin and humbly and thoroughly penitent], such, O God, You will not despise.
(With God’s help, what am I going to do differently today because He said it?)
Father, Your Word is awesome and written to get to the hearts of man with clarity and ultimate direction. I believe that this Word was specifically brought to my attention for a special reason this morning. I believe that folk that will read this today will, like me, be reminded of the importance and priority that must be placed on our study of Your Word, listening to the teaching and preaching of Your Word, so that we might be directed along a right path to righteousness and total obedience of Your will for our lives. Please help me today to be obedient to what I know of You and to follow Your commands and will for my life. You told Solomon that then You will fulfill the promises given to his father and bless Your people. I see this as the same promise to us today dear Lord, so please help me to do my part personally and through the leadership role that I have at my church, do my part in leading them to obedience and pure worship of You. Thank You for Your Word today dear God.
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