The Temple or Palace?
It took Solomon thirteen years, however, to complete the construction of his palace. - I Kings 7:1
The above verse is the story and struggle of our lives. King Solomon was the third King of Israel and the son of King David, the shepherd boy who struck down giant Goliath with a stone and a sling shot, and who also struck down Uriah the Hittite in order to cover up his tryst with his wife, Bathsheba. Ironically, the Bible refers to Solomon as the wisest man on earth and his reign got off to a great start but by the time he got around to building the temple in Jerusalem for God’s people to worship the Lord, chinks begin to appear in his armor. I Kings 6-7 tells us that Solomon built his own palace twice the size of God’s temple and that he spent twice the time building it. The reason this is the story and struggle of our lives is because we are constantly fighting an internal battle over storing up treasures for ourselves on earth or treasures for God in heaven. Because we are sinners we feel a strong pull to invest in things on earth where moth and rust will one day destroy. This is what Solomon did to his demise. Be encouraged my friend and let Solomon’s life serve as a reminder to you that where your treasure is there is your heart also. What do you love the most? The palace or the temple?