Reading through the Bible together
Solomon’s aspiration to make a truly great temple is accomplished. It seems to be a time for speeches of congratulations and words of thanks to major contributors. Instead, with deep humility, Solomon kneels in front of all his subjects and lifts his hands toward heaven.
“There is no God in heaven or on earth like You….Will God indeed dwell with men on the earth? Behold, heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain You. How much less this temple which I have built!” (2 Chronicles 6:14, 18).
How wonderful for a man touching greatness to know that all greatness really belongs to God.
Our sinful nature so easily takes pride in whatever we do. We compare ourselves with others and feel good if we are smarter, prettier, richer, or more successful. We can even feel smug if our sermon or prayer is more special than another’s.
In those moments, Jesus reminds us, “Do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven” (Luke 10:20). We are small. He is big. Every breath we breathe comes from God. Every bit of goodness and success is His gift. May His Spirit give us the humility that forgets self and enjoys His incredible glory.
Pastor Scott Griswold