The story of Solomon is a cautionary tale. Notice the “if, then” statement. God established a covenant with Solomon: If he followed all the commandments of his father, God would bless him. However, when building his palace, Solomon began seeking his own glory, not God’s. It is not for or about us. The work we put into this building is not to make us look good, it is to be of service to people so they can find faith, find family, and find purpose. Never forget why we build.
The sin of David was counting his men. In doing so he was relying on his own strength. It could have gone either way… either he didn’t have enough with the result of fear, or he has enough with the result of pride. Relying on our own strength is the exact opposite of God’s will for us. If we want to do everything God has planned, we need to rely on his strength and leadership, not our own.
God has provided all the resources we need, skill, materials, and finances within the congregation to build his Sanctuary. Wouldn’t it be great to be in a church that has to tell the people to stop giving!