The foundation of the temple of the Lord was laid in the fourth year, in the month of Ziv. In the eleventh year in the month of Bul, the eighth month, the temple was finished in all its details according to its specifications. He had spent seven years building it. (1 Kings 6:37-38 NIV)
The wisest man took seven years to complete the building of the temple to the specifications. The details given in the two chapters outlines why it took so long to a degree. What is also evident is the attention to detail expressed about this project.
Here is a task that Solomon saw fit to put together something truly magnificent for God. No expense spared, resplendent in appearance, majestic in design and cultivated over time to reflect the greatness that Solomon wanted to have displayed to the world.
It was set to be an architectural masterpiece and Solomon was prepared to invest the time as well as resources to make that happen. As he did so there was the backing and encouragement of the Lord with him. This assured him that as long as he stayed faithful, God would honour the venture.
We may not be architects, designers, builders or craftsmen, but there is a significant temple project that we are involved in – life. Solomon dedicated seven years to construct a physical expression of the residence of God. God has constructed His own physical and spiritual residence – humanity. He wants to live among us and in us. As we become aware of that desire we dedicate our entire beings to that lifelong project. We invest the time and resources to ensuring our lives individually and collectively reflect the fact that we are where God chooses to reside.
As His workmanship, God takes pleasure in crafting us to fit just right and be resplendent in reflecting that which matters most to Him – His character on display in the universe. Do not let today pass by without acknowledging this truth. If the wisest man of his time and beyond can see it worthwhile to take the time to construct something of such magnificence, consider how God is devoted to doing the same in and through us.
For His Name’s Sake
C. L. J. Dryden