This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.
Scripture reference: Romans 12:2 (ESV)
Today, I am thinking about how quickly idolatry can creep in if we’re not careful. This thought came to me as I was reading about Solomon and his preparations to build God’s temple.
During this period, building the temple was obviously Solomon’s number one priority. He took care to secure all of the necessary skilled labor. He even went to great lengths to secure special stones which would replace mud as building materials. It was clear that Solomon was doing great work and that he was on the right track.
It’s very interesting though, that over time, God’s work began to be subordinated to Solomon’s desires. For example, it took him only seven years to build God’s temple, but it would ultimately take him thirteen full years to complete his home. Solomon’s house actually ended up being even larger than God’s house of worship.
Through this story we learn that although we sometimes start out with the best intentions, we can become consumed by them. There are times when our work becomes a larger presence in our lives than the presence of God.
In my life, I am often consumed by work. There are times when I realize that my job has consumed most of my day, and that I’ve only squeezed in a very small amount of time for God.
So the next time we’re struggling with the cares or possessions of this world, let us be reminded of this timeless scripture: “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” Romans 12:2 (ESV)
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So today, don’t even let something you believe to be worthy encroach on your time with God.