June 12, 2017. 1 Kings 7, 2 Chronicles 4.
Today’s two passages are the parts of the Bible most people skip over or play the audio and fall asleep to. Both passages are written accounts of the construction and furnishing of Solomon’s palace and the temple. But you want to know how amazing God is? He uses even the most mundane of situations and readings to teach us who He is and how He works.
You probably already know that the scriptures are God-breathed/inspired, and if you didn't know now you do. Now imagine for an instance you are Jeremiah (who wrote 1 Kings) or Ezra (who wrote 2 Chronicles) and God has just placed it upon you to write out, in almost excruciating detail, the plans and furnishings of Solomon’s palace and the temple. How would you feel? Would you maybe question, “Why am I even doing this?” or “Is anyone even going to care?” But these passages, like the story of your own life, ARE important.
Without Jeremiah and Ezra being obedient to what the Spirit was leading them to write, so many lessons God had in store for His children would not have been relayed in the way He intended.
Take 1 Kings 7:21
21 He erected the pillars at the portico of the temple. The pillar to the south he named Jakin and the one to the north Boaz.
The name Jakin means “He establishes” and Boaz means “in Him is strength”. These two pillars were constant reminders to future kings and rulers, and anyone who passed by that there foundation was rooted in the promises of God and in Him, their nation had found strength. The same truths live on today. God established and in Him we find strength.
Your story matters. The structure of your life has meaning. You may not feel like your life is unique or could have any impact, but God has structured your life in such a way that can be used to bring Him honor and glory. How God has moved in your life might be the experience someone needs to hear about to be brought to the feet of Jesus.
You don’t need to have a degree in architecture to help build the kingdom of God, use all of the intentional furnishings and designs He has used in your life. Go and share your inner structure with someone. You never know who will be able to relate and be drawn closer to the Lord.
** So many other awesome lessons can be found in readings such as today’s passages. This blog is intended to be short, daily devotional thoughts, so to make sure you don’t miss out on any other lessons God wants to teach you make sure you read the entire passages, or are in the Word daily on your own reading plan :)