1 Kings 6:38 In the eleventh year in the month of Bul, the eighth month, the temple was finished in all its details according to its specifications. He had spent seven years building it.
Solomon built the temple and it only took him one chapter of the Bible to build it. We I think about it in those terms, that seems pretty fast. But the temple took quite a bit longer to build than the time it took me to read this chapter. It took seven years! You see, temples aren’t built overnight. They take time and energy. That doesn’t seem very appealing, does it?
We live in a society that thrives on instant gratification. When we go out to eat, we expect our food in 10 minutes. (If it is fast food, we expect it in 2 minutes. Two minutes people. We are eating food that was prepared in 2 minutes. You can’t even cook Top Ramen that fast!) We work out 3 times and wonder why we haven’t lost those 10 pounds. I used to expect my computer to get me to the correct internet site within about 2 seconds; now I expect my phone to do the same thing. To top it all off, we have a television show called, “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.” They build a home in one week! That’s just not normal. So we have this mentality that I must have it now. If we can’t afford it, we grab our credit cards, buy now, and pay later.
The temple took 7 years, not a week, to build. And Solomon didn’t “move that bus” when it was all done. The Bible tells us that WE are the temple of the Lord. He no longer resides in a building made by man; He resides IN man. He dwells within us and He asks us to treat our bodies like a temple to Him. And we have to be built, remodeled, cleaned up, etc. That isn’t going to happen overnight. This isn’t drive through Christianity. Just because I showed up to church those three times doesn’t mean that my temple is ready. It requires a bit more work than that. The temple took seven years to build. Let’s put some effort into building faith in our life. Let’s put effort into knowing Him more, making ourselves a temple that He would be pleased to dwell in.