“…so that no hammer or chisel or any iron tool was heard in the temple while it was being built.”– 1 Kings 6:7
For seven years, as they built the Temple, all of the stones used were finished at the quarry. No loud devices were obstructing their ears and taking their attention away from hearing the Lord. They attempted to limit distractions if God chose to speak. An accurate display of real anticipation and expectation to listen to the voice of God.
God did speak to Solomon during the construction project. The Lord reminded Solomon of why the Temple was being built. Solomon was also reminded of the covenant made and under whose authority he was accomplishing the building projects. It could be that Solomon needed a reminder of who was in control. After all, when we begin building for the Lord, it can often become a source of pride in our hearts. Referring to our heavenly Father, Warren Wiersbe wrote, “He must constantly remind us, that He’s not impressed with our work if our walk isn’t obedient to Him.” This is such an accurate statement. If not heeded, we can begin to take the glory from God.
The regenerated person is now the “temple of the living God” (2 Corinthians 6:16). J.I. Packer wrote, “The task of the church is to make the invisible kingdom visible through faithful Christian living and witness-bearing.” That process only begins when we are built up in Christ through sanctification. It is when we enter into our prayer closet that construction takes place. For us to hear, we must attempt to limit distractions. We can then come to the Lord in anticipation and expectation to hear from him.
“Then the word of the Lord came to Solomon, saying: concerning this temple which you are building, if you walk in My statutes, execute My judgments, keep all My commandments, and walk in them, then I will perform My word with you, which I spoke to your father David. And I will dwell among the children of Israel, and will not forsake My people Israel.”– 1 Kings 6:11-13