by Rev Joel Yong
1 Kings 8:15-20
And he said, Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, who with his hand has fulfilled what he promised with his mouth to David my father, saying, Since the day that I brought my people Israel out of Egypt, I chose no city out of all the tribes of Israel in which to build a house, that my name might be there. But I chose David to be over my people Israel. Now it was in the heart of David my father to build a house for the name of the Lord, the God of Israel. But the Lord said to David my father, Whereas it was in your heart to build a house for my name, you did well that it was in your heart. Nevertheless, you shall not build the house, but your son who shall be born to you shall build the house for my name. Now the Lord has fulfilled his promise that he made. For I have risen in the place of David my father, and sit on the throne of Israel, as the Lord promised, and I have built the house for the name of the Lord, the God of Israel.
It is important to remember that Solomon did not do this on his strength.
It is God who built His house through Solomon.
There is a difference.
Solomon is not God’s benefactor. He is God’s vessel.
It is the same with us.
Our abilities, time and finances- which we use for God’s service- is rendered from our position as vessels not as benefactors of the Lord.