In books or magazine articles today, the emphasis of this chapter would be reversed, with more space devoted to Solomon’s palaces than on a religious site like a national church building. God’s people are to remember in all of life’s avenues the aweful reality of the Living God!
How about Hiram! What a worker he was.
He and the workers under him made such a vast number of objects that they stopped count. Objects in large part to be part of the temple, God’s house.
In Ecclesiastes 9:10 we read,
“Whatever you hand finds to do, do it with your might,”
And in Colossians 3:23 Paul says,
“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men,”
And this is it. Working for the Lord.
Hiram worked for the Lord, and look at the result! A building that is still probably like no other (remember the old men weeping in Ezra 3:12 after the rebuilding of the temple).
The Lord puts us all in various places and situations, not just vocational work – And it is _all_ part of a godly work ethic. Including rest!
We can be encouraged to always remember that we work for the Lord, and He calls us to work with all our might.
* Gracious Heavenly Father,
You call us to work with everything we have, please help us to do this.
Please give us strength to go about the tasks You have set us apart for each day.
Please give us the courage to go about Your work, even at the cost of our pride, even when we might be laughed at or embarrassed.
Please help us to remember that we are working for You, in whatever our hands find to do.
Thank You Lord that You have shown us how to work – That You created all things in six days, and on the seventh rested. That You as Father have and continue to work Your will throughout all creation. That You the Son came to earth and did a work that rings throughout time and space with power and effectiveness. Thank You that You as Spirit continue to work within us every day, making us more like Jesus.