The Temple served one purpose in God’s eyes and that was to visibly honor His name. Among all the great architecture of the land, God wanted a place where people could look and see a representation of his greatness and splendor. But, God was not so concerned about the building as he was in the person who built it.
God spoke to Solomon and reminded him that his behavior as king would determine his legacy not the building that he built. God knew something about Solomon, and really, all humans. Humans celebrate the things we do and sometimes forget about the person we become! Who we are is always more important than the things we do because who we are is a matter of the heart!
God said to Solomon that as long as his heart stayed obedient, someone from his family would sit on the throne forever! God was not expecting perfection, he was expecting humility. David was not perfect but he was humble and when he sinned, he repented. Live your life becoming the person God wants you to be!
Tomorrow’s Reading: 1 Kings 11:1-12:19; Acts 9:1-25; Psalm 131:1-3; Proverbs 17:4-5