Today’s Tasting is from in 1 Kings 5-6 and 2 Chronicles 2-3
King Solomon is preparing for the building of God’s temple. He is in need of much lumber and sends word to his father’s ally Hiram, king of Tyre, who owns vast forests of cedar and juniper just right for his use.
Hiram responds favorably asking only that Solomon provide food for his household as payment for the lumber and for his workers to handle the lumber. Solomon is pleased and pays him with tons of wheat, fresh oil and new wine for his household and for his workers for years to come.
In addition to the lumber, Solomon asks king Hiram for a man skilled to work with metals to join his skilled workers in Judah and Jerusalem. Hiram sent to him a man named Huram-Abi; a man of great skill who was trained to work in gold and silver, bronze and iron, stone and wood, with purple and blue and crimson yarn and fine linen. The scripture says that he could execute any design given to him.
Then, Solomon builds the temple, a lavish and magnificent work, dedicated to God as a place for his Name to dwell and His Presence to rest.
Today’s Nourishment: These passages moved me. The way God orchestrated a variety of people to work out His divine purpose speaks volumes to me.
Solomon undertook the project, but not alone. First, his father, King David, dreamed of honoring God by building a temple for God’s Name to dwell and His Presence to rest. Although, David prepared for the construction by collecting the vast resources in gold, metals, and precious gems, God denied David’s carrying out erecting the temple. God prepared David’s successor to carry out the plan.
You may have a great dream inspired by God, but it could be that your part is the preparation stage. You may be preparing for someone else to carry the legacy forward and truly make it happen. So, be encouraged and keep moving forward, even when things do not happen as fast as you’d like. Keep moving along the path God has given you, doing all you know to do to honor God.
King Hiram held in his possession the missing lumber resources, which King Solomon needed for construction the temple. He gladly provided the lumber to the work of God when asked. God repaid him through Solomon for years to come with food for his household and kingdom. God will always repay you. He will always provide to meet your needs when you give generously and cheerfully to His work.
And last, but not at all least, the skilled artisan Huram-Abi was just a small cog in the wheel between two kings, but he had a God-given talent that would be used for the awesome glory of God. His talent wasn’t even used for his own pet-project or his own dream-business. But, he was doing what he did to the best of his ability and was tapped for the King’s use when the time was right.
You are the person of God who will be called upon to do your best in your own talented way. Keep preparing, keep training, and keep moving forward. Follow your God-give talent and take it to the max. Then, when called upon, give your all for the King, so that His glory will shine through your work and all will magnify the Lord and His kingdom.
Blessings to you as you seek God’s will in your dream and use your talents for His glory. Leave comments below.
Tomorrow’s Delight: 1Kings 7; 2 Chronicles 4
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