Who's Your Builder?
Scripture: 1 Kings 7:1-51, 2 Chronicles 3:15-4:22
"Solomon also built a palace for himself, and it took thirteen years to complete the construction." 1 Kings 7:1 (NLT)
Solomon spent 13 years building his earthly dwelling place—his palace. I can only imagine the majesty and splendor of such a home. The detail and architecture sound grand. No doubt it would be included in a modern day parade of homes.
When King Solomon proceeded to turn his attention to the interior furnishings, he sought out the finest craftsman to complete the job. As I read today's verses, I saw a parallel to the builder of our lives, the Lord God. The author of Hebrews talks about His power and ability in building.
"For every house is built by someone, but God is the builder of everything." (Hebrews 3:4 NIV)
The Greek word for builder is kataskeuazo (katask-you-od'-zo). It means to furnish, equip, make ready; of builders, to construct, erect, with the idea of adorning and equipping with all things necessary.
Putting this all together suggests that we—Christians—are the house that God builds. Just like a construction crew lays a cement foundation, puts up walls, and erects a roof, God does the same for us.
Jesus laid down His life for us as our foundation. God put His Word and Spirit within us for guidance. He put His faithfulness over us as protection from the storms of life.
Our builder provides anything we need for the Holy Spirit to dwell in us and Christ to reside in our hearts. He’s made us ready, equipped, and adorned to be the Church.
Just as Solomon sought out the most skilled craftsman to furnish his home, we should seek out the master builder of everything, God. We can have a boundless trust and confidence that He can and does know how to construct us in a way that will make us a display for His splendor.
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