King David wanted to build the temple in Jerusalem, but was constantly at battle and much blood had been shed. Therefore, God instructed his son, Solomon, to get the Temple built. It took tens of thousands of men and seven years to construct the magnificent Temple. Then he proceeded to build himself a home which took thirteen years to build and was nearly as extravagant as the Temple.
Years ago on a TV show “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” a family in need received a makeover. Usually, the old house was dramatically torn down and an extragant new one built. The show started with background about the family–their tragic story–and then they were sent away on vacation for the week while neighbor’s and a few professionals built and furnished the home. The look on the faces of the family members when they saw their new home was priceless. Most of the homes were elaborate and far more than a family needed. But this is what show business is all about. Unfortunately, some of the home owners had to sell their homes because they couldn’t afford to live in them.
We know the First Temple with all its extravagance was destroyed and many years later another Temple was built. The lesson for me in this is that extravagance is less important than permanence, which is what we’ll have in our Heavenly home.
Lord, help us see extravagance in your love and grace. Amen.