Read: 2 Chronicles 2:1-12
The house that I am to build will be great, for our God is greater than all gods. (v. 5)
The world watched in horror last year as the great cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris caught fire. Even irreligious people were distraught, noting that the cathedral was a historic landmark, and a symbol of national pride. Thankfully, the damage was not irreparable, and a rebuilding process has begun.
But Solomon was not interested in building something that would merely be a monument to his kingdom’s glory, or a symbol of national pride. Nor was he looking to glorify his own name in this huge temple building project. In his letter to Hiram, king of Tyre, we see his motivation: he wants to build a glorious temple for the purpose of worshipping a glorious God! While Solomon acknowledges that “heaven, even highest heaven, cannot contain him” (v. 6), he desires that the temple would inspire awe and worship in God’s people as they come for the feasts and for sacrifices. He asks Hiram for the best materials and craftsmen—for only the best will do.
Solomon throws himself into this project. He embodies Colossians 3:23-24: “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward.” When we have this kind of motivation, we will build lasting works that will endure the test of time, and glorify God through all eternity! —Laura N. Sweet
As you pray, ask God to help you to work heartily to glorify him.