Solomon has built his temple, and in 1 Kings 7:13-51 the author describes all the items that will furnish it. Just as the temple was meant to be an earthly representation of God’s heavenly dwelling, so everything in it was designed to illustrate God’s holiness, glory, and supremacy. It is interesting, though, that the author divides the descriptions of the building of the temple in chapter 6 and its furnishing in the latter half of chapter 7. Between these accounts is a summary of Solomon’s building of his own palace (1 Kings 7:1-12). The grandeur of the temple of the Lord is juxtaposed with the grandeur of Solomon’s home. This has been a matter of interest for many commentators. Some have suggested that this part of the narrative of 1 Kings shows that Solomon’s loyalties were divided between God and his own “secular interests.”

As you meditate on the passages for today, think about where your priorities lie. Are your loyalties divided like Solomon’s? What areas of your life do you need to trust God with?