Then Solomon determined to build a temple for the name of the Lord, and a royal house for himself.
2 Chronicles 2:1
Today as I read this verse talking about Solomon, and the fact that he determined to build a temple for the name of the Lord, it made me stop and think about something that you and I might take for granted. That something is? God's presence. God's presence and the fact that He is available in our lives every moment of every day!
The above verse tells us that Solomon, who is famous for his wisdom concerning his response to God determined that it was necessary to build a temple for God's name and therefore a place for His presence to abide. He knew how important it was to have a place to meet with God and he determined to make a place where God could be praised, worshiped, and blessed.
As I read this verse and saw the word 'determined' in relation to Solomon's desire and its purpose to give God a place to dwell it caused me to wonder about us today. It caused me to think about all the work and all the preparations and the cost that was involved for this to happen in Solomon's day. Then it brought to mind this verse in Matthew 6:19-21 were Jesus was teaching His disciples. ...Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Solomon's heart was to have a place to be in the presence of God. He threw every resource he had to that endeavor. So what about us today? Do we treasure the presence of the living God enough to NOT just give Him the place that He deserves BUT to actually treasure it? Do we treasure the sacrifice that Father, Son, and Holy Spirit made to make His presence available to us 24/7? They made it possible for us to be in His presence every moment of every day! They made all the preparations. They provided the cost necessary to give us way to treasure meeting with Him. Do we take His presence for granted? Do we spend more time throughout our day ignoring Him than we do appreciating Him? Do we treasure the gift of His presence in our decisions and actions and throughout our day or do let the activities, trials, and temptations destroy and or steal His presence as the treasure of our hearts? Are we as determined as the guy who is famous for his wisdom to meet with the living God? Do we make sure to treasure Him throughout our day or do we take Him for granted?
Can it be said, "That we are a generation that is determined to meet with Him?" Are we the generation that Psalm 24:6 is talking about? ...This is Jacob, the generation of those who seek Him, Who seek Your face. Selah
Father, Son, Holy Spirit, the true treasures from heaven. And the thought of the day ... Is time in their presence the treasure of our hearts?