Time to Regain Perspective
Synopsis 1Kings 6:9-21 3/18/2019
Solomon finished the structure of the house. After this, he directed the construction of the roof. And once the building was under roof, God spoke to Solomon again.
God promised to live in the house. And He promised to continue to dwell in the midst of the Israelites. However, His promise was conditional. As king, it was up to Solomon, and his heirs, to remain faithful.
After this, Solomon continued the work of finishing the temple. He paneled the interior with cedar planks. And all of the planks were carved with various, symbolic shapes. And all of this was covered in pure gold.
Solomon’s Encouraging Respite
Solomon’s Temple was a big project. It took a long time to finish. And it cost an enormous amount of money. And it took a lot of labor too. There was much riding on getting the project done.
Putting the roof on the building was a milestone. Even though there was much left to do, it represented a level of achievement. And it was at this point that God spoke to Solomon. God basically assured him that he was on the right course. And he validated Solomon’s plans by promising to dwell in the temple, as long as Solomon and his sons remained faithful to God.
Take Time to Regain Perspective
Sometimes it feels like l live in a series of projects. One after another. Always, it seems, there is more to do. So, it’s sometimes easy for work or even home life to feel like a grind. But when I accept that feeling unchallenged, I often lose sight of why I started – or what I had hoped to accomplish.
It’s at these moments that it’s doubly important to seek out time with God. I must commit to the Way of Presence. I must commit to live in each moment as God gives it. For, God is the giver of each of these moments. So, he is always there. He is always “in” the moment.
For this reason, when I turn to Him and listen – I find that He is always speaking. He offers a word of encouragement. He speaks a word of hope in the midst of frustration or despair. And even if I can’t quite hear it myself, I know that He’s speaking. And I know that He is encouraging me in goodness, and truth and beauty.
“What I say to you in the darkness, speak in the light; what you hear whispered, proclaim on the housetops.” Matt 10:27