I can't even begin to imagine what it was like for King Solomon to take on a project such as building a temple for God. Can you? It took 7 years to build that temple (1 Ki 6:38). It takes me days to reorganize a closet! :) So as I came to 1 Kings 6 where we see Solomon's part in the temple building and we are told its dimensions and some of the intricate details of the inside, I am in awe of the whole process. I wonder what a house made of cedar would smell like. I wonder lots of things that I won't delve into here.
However there is one thing I noticed in the middle of the chapter that was also intriguing to me. In the middle of all of the busy details, we see the following passage:
Then the word of the LORD came to Solomon, saying: "Concerning this temple which you are building, if you walk in My statutes, execute My judgments, keep all My commandments, and walk in them, then I will perform My word with you,which I spoke to your father David. And I will dwell among the children of Israel, and will not forsake my people Israel." (1 Kings 6:11-13 NKJV)
Think about this for a minute. We know from previous chapters that it was Solomon's charge to build the temple, but what was God really concerned with? As always, God was concerned with Solomon's character, not what Solomon was doing. God made sure that Solomon remembered His promises of continued blessing to the house of David (2 Samuel 7:13), but also reiterated the conditions for the blessings to come. Interesting.
The same is true for us. God wants us to fulfill the plans He has for us, but we can't just "do, do, do" to achieve those plans. It is easy to complete tasks. It is not so easy to examine our hearts and obey God's instructions for our character. That is why we must continually, humbly, give our thoughts and lives over to Him on a daily, hourly and minute-by-minute basis, so that He can complete His "building project" in us.
For mulling over:
1) What is my current "building project"?
2) What is my motivation for the "project"?
3) How am I allowing God to work in or on me as I complete the "project"?