Today's devotion from 1 Kings 6.
This would be no insignificant project. True. The temple was not really a physically imposing structure based on it's size. And while it would be crafted from some of the most precious and valuable materials available by most gifted craftsmen to be found, it's true beauty was in what it symbolized: God's permanent presence among His people.
However, the temple was destroyed. It was desecrated. It was rebuilt and demolished again. It would be easy to become enamored at the opulence of the construction. It would also be easy for modern readers to become blurry-eyed and uncomprehending at the tedious listing provided in the text. But what really strikes me in this section of scripture is the idea of the foundation of the house of the Lord.
In verse 37 we read, "In the fourth year the foundation of the house of the LORD was laid, in the month of Ziv." Yes. This is factually true. However there is another aspect that we are overlooking. Read verses 11-13 again. These are the true treasures within the lists found in 1 Kings 6. Timbers crack and need replaced. Stones can be torn down and pulverized. Precious metals can tarnish and be carried off by invading forces, but the precious word of God stands forever.
Yet, these aren't just words. They are a promise, one that God has made before. It is a vow that reveals the nature and character of our Father. "As for this temple you are building—if you walk in my statutes, observe my ordinances, and keep all my commands by walking in them, I will fulfill my promise to you, which I made to your father David. I will dwell among the Israelites and not abandon my people Israel." (1 Kings 6:12-13, CSB)
This is the true foundation of the house of the Lord. It was laid many years before Solomon was born, and remains even though the temple has long since fallen into disrepair. Cling to this promise. Hope in this promise. Cherish this promise. Gaze in wonder at this promise. God's desire is to be with His people. God's desire is to be with you. Walk in His word.