Twenty-Seventh Day of Lent

Scripture: 1 Kings 6:1-23

God gives Solomon rules on how to build a temple. Solomon is sure to follow these rules that have been commanded of him. This makes me think of how we are all temples of God. God intricately designed and made us; “You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it. You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb” (Psalm 139:13-15 NLT). God created us perfectly and for a purpose. God paid attention to detail when He created us, just like Solomon paid attention to the details God commanded Solomon to include in the building of the temple.

“Concerning this Temple you are building, if you keep all my decrees and regulations and obey all my commands, I will fulfill through you the promise I made to your father, David. I will live among the Israelites and will never abandon my people Israel” (1 Kings 6:12-13 NLT). As temples of God we are asked to follow the rules that God has placed before us in His word, the Bible. We are called to fill our minds with pure things, things that will keep God’s temple clean. A temple is a place where we can come to worship God, but if a temple is filled with idols would this truly be a place to worship God? No, these things would be obstacles and distractions that prevent us from being with God. “A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. What you say flows from what is in your heart” (Luke 6:45 NLT). So, if we fill our minds (our temples) with TV shows, books, and words that aren’t wholesome that is what we speak about and portray. We fill our minds (our temples) with idols and obstacles that prevent us from truly worshipping God. Rather than our temples reflecting God, our temples will reflect the ugliness of this world and false idols.

Yet, through all of this God says He will not abandon us. We just need to clear away all the clutter, all the false idols from our temples and He will fulfill His promises to us. We build up a wall of idols around God and these things distract us from seeing Him, but He remains there. It is time to start tearing down those walls and let God renovate!

April Hamm
Faith Covenant Church
Winnipeg, MB