September 16, 2020

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Read – 1 Kings 6

What does it say?
As Solomon built the temple, God reminded him of the conditional promise that was based on obedience to His commands.

What does it mean?
Solomon worked diligently, building the temple for the Lord. The cherubim were carved from olive wood and overlaid with gold. He followed God’s specifications precisely, sparing no expense. It took seven years of continuous hard work. Yet in the midst of his obedience, God reminded Solomon to follow His commands. God was just as concerned about Solomon’s inner obedience as He was about the outward. It was important for Solomon to remember for Whom he was working and for what purpose. The word from the Lord must have encouraged Solomon to stay focused and finish well.

How should I respond?
We often get so caught up in doing things for God that we need to be reminded to follow Him. Are you serving the Lord by volunteering in your local church? God has something for each of us to do. Nonetheless, outer obedience becomes empty if not motivated by an obedient heart. Think about your current service for the Lord. Have you placed a higher priority on doing than following? Make a change by remembering the purpose behind what you are doing and for Whom you are doing it. The renewed focus will bring greater motivation to stay on track and finish your task with excellence.|For further reading, 1 Kings 7:1-12.