Focus on God
Read 2 Chronicles 5:1 through 6:42
Some may question why Solomon lavished such great detail and wealth on the temple. Was such extreme extravagance necessary? Solomon built the temple in response to God’s specific commands and promises (2Chronicles 6:7–9). It symbolized God’s presence with His people, His authority, His holiness, and the importance of God-centered communal worship.
“Lord, the God of Israel, there is no God like you in heaven or on earth—you who keep your covenant of love with servants who continue wholeheartedly in your way” (2 Chronicles 6:14).
Kings never knelt before others, but Solomon acknowledged God’s sovereignty when he knelt before Him in the temple in the presence of the people. He praised God as the Supreme Authority, and thanked Him for keeping His promises and covenant of love (2Chronicles 6:12–14). Solomon’s example encouraged everyone to do the same and confirmed the temple was God’s dwelling, a place where people encountered, worshipped, and focused on Him.
Challenge for Today: Take time to kneel before God and worship Him for His love and faithfulness.
Quicklook: 2 Chronicles 6:13–17
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