In the first verse of chapter 7 of First Kings we learn that it took Solomon twice as long to build his house than it did to build the temple. Many have suggested that this implies that Solomon spent more time and took more care of his own palace than he did to the Lord’s temple. I think it’s just the opposite.

He let the construction of his house drag on while the workmen focused on completing God’s house. In addition the temple was more elaborate and more intricate in its design and it’s artistic elements. You’d think it would take longer. But Solomon focused his resources and efforts on completing God’s house first.

Solomon knew well the lessons of “First.” To God belongs the first fruit. To God belongs the first borne. To God belongs the first day of one’s week. To God belongs the first part of one’s income.  Deuteronomy tells us that “the purpose of the tithe is to teach us to put God first in our lives.” Solomon did that.

Jesus tells us not to worry about our physical needs because he promises to take care of us. But his promise was given with a condition.  We must put God first. In Matthew 6:33, he says, ” But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”

Solomon surely had all things added unto him, because he put God’s house first.

“But we are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives. And we are eagerly waiting for him to return as our Savior.” Philippians 3:20