Today you should read: 2 Chronicles 3
At first glance 2 Chronicles 3 just seems to be a story about a construction project… but it is much deeper. The Temple of God is being built. This is where God would “dwell” in Israel. It would be where Israel would go to worship. This is significant.
It is also significant that we see Solomon doing it. Solomon is David’s son. We see in 1 Chronicles 22:7-10 that David was prevented by God to build the temple but Solomon was commissioned. This should have been David’s role. It was passed on to his son, Solomon.
Fast forward to 2 Chronicles 2:5-6. We see that Solomon is questioning himself and his ability to build a sufficient dwelling place for the Lord God.
5 The house that I am to build will be great, for our God is greater than all gods. 6 But who is able to build him a house, since heaven, even highest heaven, cannot contain him? Who am I to build a house for him, except as a place to make offerings before him?
Solomon is right. He could not possibly build a sufficient enough house of worship for the Most High God BUT that was not the point. The point was for God to do a miraculous work through His obedience. This is what God does with us. God uses us as we obey. He equips. He empowers. He brings fruit through what we do (John 15).
That is why it is so important what we see in 2 Chronicles 3. Solomon is following through to build the temple even though he feels inadequate because he knows who he trusts in. This was not about him but about God. And we see throughout Scripture God use his obedience and the temple for great things.
1) What has God asked you to do that you feel inadequate to do?
2) How can you push forward in obedience this week?
By: Nick Parsons — Pastoral Ministry Associate: College
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