Friday – June 21, 2024

1 Kings 5; 2 Chronicles 2; 2 Thessalonians 3

by Kelli Smith Simpkins

“The temple I am going to build will be great, because our God is greater than all other gods. But who is able to build a temple for him, since the heavens, even the highest heavens, cannot contain him?” 2 Chronicles 2:5-6a

We all had that one teacher in school who inspired us to work harder than any other. Whether we loved the assignments or not, we loved them and never wanted to hear the dreaded words, “I’m disappointed. This is not your best work.” You felt the gut punch just imagining it, didn’t you?

Because Solomon was faithful and thankful to God, he wanted to build a temple that would be worthy of God. We know God isn’t dependent on a stationary building since the Israelites had worshipped without one up until that point. But he could use it as a tool to further his kingdom. Because Solomon was wise, he knew no human efforts could ever measure up to being worthy of God, but he did do everything in his power to make it the best man could offer.

In 2 Thessalonians 3, Paul talks about how we are not to be “idle and disruptive”, but rather live in a way that is pleasing to Christ, working hard and giving our best. There is a distinction between leisure and laziness. Rest is good, but when the time comes to work, we should be ready to give our best for God’s glory. I write this to you as a teacher on summer break who is still wearing loungewear after noon. The irony is not lost on me.

With that, I’ll leave you with a few words from my 3rd grade teacher, Mrs. Trailor: “Good better best, let it never rest, until your good is better and your better is your best.” God isn’t expecting perfection, y’all. He knows us too well for that. He just wants our best.