It’s like the section of your wardrobe that only comes out on special occasions
Reference: v.16 The bronze from the two pillars, the Sea and the movable stands, which Solomon had made for the temple of the Lord, was more than could be weighed. (TNIV Bible)
Explore: I’ve just learned how to curl my hair with a straightening iron. It takes me ages to do and I have to use hairspray to make sure it stays, but I do like the look once it is complete. Because it takes so long I will only do this on particularly special occasions. It’s like the section of your wardrobe that only comes out on special occasions, or the expensive watch or the favourite piece of jewelry. We save the nice things for the special occasions.
Application: One of the great things about the Old Testament temples is that they put a great amount of wealth and priority into creating the religious monuments. We are reminded that Solomon put more bronze in the temples pillars that it could not even be weighed! While I am not one to focus on building up my wealth I find that I can often skimp on things when it comes to God. Do I give Him my best every time? Do I honor Him with my finances, my time, my behaviour? These are things that also can not be weighed and yet we are accountable for what we give and what we horde. God gave us absolutely everything, what are we willing to give Him in return?
Prayer: Lord, thank you for your generous gifts. May I not look to horde what I have received but to give generously to You. Amen.
What do you tend to horde?
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This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.