Friday, 8 February 2013

A Place in Our Hearts for God First - 1 Kings 7

1 Kings 7 gives us details of the homes Solomon built for himself and for his Egyptian wife.  The details may appear superficial and an unnecessary lesson in the architecture of antiquity.  But just before you gloss over this chapter and quickly get to the next, catch a life-adjusting concept that’s embedded in verse 1.  Verse 1 continues from the last verse of the previous chapter where it tells us that it took Solomon seven years to complete God’s house.  It continues in verse 1 and says, “But Solomon took thirteen years to build his own house.” This passage, coupled with Matt 6: 33, where we're instructed by Jesus to seek first God's Kingdom and His righteousness, read in the context of Haggai 1: 4, "Is it time for you, O ye, to dwell in your cieled houses, and this house lie waste?" makes the notion of putting God first, not just a great idea - but a requirement of the one who would be deemed a faithful servant of God.  And true to the thoughts expressed by Pastor Leo Ranzolin in the main Revived by His Word blog for 1 Kings 7, a place should be made in our hearts for the Lord first.

So this day LORD we give You our hearts, and everything with it.  Please make it our contentment to enjoy all You'll have us use for our own gratification and for the gratification of the ones we love and serve.  In Jesus' name, amen.

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