The inner sanctuary was twenty cubits long, twenty wide, and twenty high. He overlaid the inside with pure gold, and he also overlaid the altar of cedar. 1 Kings 6:20
Inside of some famous places throughout the world, the builders choose to have the best materials. The desire is to look ornate, fancy and perfect with no limits on the cost spared.
Some of these places appear to be completely covered in gold and can often be found in homes of national leaders or in the capitals of nations. This shows high value, regardless of the character of the owner.
Solomon had the temple built. In the inner sanctuary he had it overlaid with pure gold.
Very few people can afford to have their homes overlaid with gold. For most people, if they have any gold, it is very little and often found in some jewelry. Often people use a fake gold to make something looker of greater value.
Every person has made a choice to sin at some point in his life. All sin brings about darkness and corruption in their hearts, minds and bodies. To make themselves look better, many people try to do good things, putting on fake gold.
Instead of using fake idols and false righteousness, true believers repent of their sins and take on the pure righteousness of Jesus. They become the temple of God, ordained with the pure gold of righteousness and holiness from Jesus on the inside of their lives.
Their corrupt hearts are cleansed from the dirt of sin and made pure and shiny before God and man. Hearts will reflect the purity of God, rather than the corrupt and dirty sin of the world. This is a work of God upon their hearts and lives, not of their own personal doing.
The moment you chose to believe in Jesus, He made you pure and holy. You have become the temple of God for Him to dwell in. Just as Solomon overlaid the inner sanctuary with pure gold, God has overlaid your heart and life, the inner sanctuary, with His pure holiness and righteousness.
Do not allow yourself to be covered with the sin of this world, but seek to be pure gold before God, holy and righteous. All the glitter and glamour of this world will fade away.
Be changed and transformed into a new creation, covered in God’s gold.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that God will purify you from all sin; that you will be filled with God’s holiness and righteousness; and that you will shine God’s purity for all the world to see.
The Lord rewards everyone for their righteousness and faithfulness. The Lord delivered you into my hands today, but I would not lay a hand on the Lord’s anointed. 1 Samuel 26:23
It is easy for most people to take advantage of an opportunity to harm their enemy when the opportunity arises. There is very little concern as to who the person is or if doing so is the right thing to do.
Choosing the right thing to do is often harder than doing what feels best or what one has been taught to do in a situation.
David had an opportunity to kill Saul but did not because he would not harm the Lord’s anointed. He knew that God would reward his righteousness and faithfulness.
While the world focuses on doing what feels good in the moment, believers are to do what is right. The believer must focus on being faithful to obeying God and all of His commands.
Making the choice to do what is right is often very difficult. It goes against the ways of the world and can sometimes be painful or bring on more trouble down the road. The reward for doing the right thing does not always appear right away. In the moment all that may appear is trouble.
God is watching every believer and the choices he makes. There will come a time when He will reward every believer for his righteousness and faithfulness. David was later rewarded with a great kingdom and lineage to the Savior for his faithfulness to God.
The ultimate reward for the believer is being allowed to step into heaven and hear God tell him that he was a good and faithful servant. The believer will gain a kingdom that is greater than that of David.
Throughout your life, as a believer, you will have many opportunities to make a choice to do the right thing and be faithful to God or not. The pressures and leading of this world will strive to get you to make selfish choices that are not right.
Allow yourself to be led and strengthened by the Holy Spirit to make the right choice to be faithful to God in every situation. Let God bring His reward to you in His way and in His time. It will be greater than any temporary reward you may grab on this earth.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that God will reveal to you the right choices to make in every situation; that God will find you to be a faithful servant; that you will see the reward God has for your faithfulness; and that you will trust God in every situation in your life.