“Then Solomon began to build the house of the Lord in Jerusalem… And he made the Most Holy Place. Its length, corresponding to the breadth of the house, was twenty cubits, and its breadth was twenty cubits. He overlaid it with 600 talents of fine gold. The weight of gold for the nails was fifty shekels. And he overlaid the upper chambers with gold.
“In the Most Holy Place he made two cherubim of wood and overlaid them with gold. The wings of the cherubim together extended twenty cubits: one wing of the one, of five cubits, touched the wall of the house, and its other wing, of five cubits, touched the wing of the other cherub… The wings of these cherubim extended twenty cubits. The cherubim stood on their feet, facing the nave. And he made the veil of blue and purple and crimson fabrics and fine linen, and he worked cherubim on it… So Solomon made all the vessels that were in the house of God: the golden altar, the tables for the bread of the Presence, the lampstands and their lamps of pure gold to burn before the inner sanctuary, as prescribed…” 2 Chronicles 3:1,8-11,13-14; 4:19-20
King Solomon had the big picture in mind when he set to work on God’s house. He knew its purpose, and he was precise in detail. With all its exact measurements supporting the exquisite design, he gave particular attention to the Most Holy Place, planned and constructed corresponding to the breadth of the house. The inner sanctum must always be the heart, the crown jewel, of any temple, including our own.
Our bodies are made up of many parts, each with its function, each for the good working and efficiency of the whole. But without the heart, pumping life blood through the rest of the body, there is no life. (1 Corinthians 12:14-18)
As God’s children, our bodies are the temple where Jesus Christ resides and reigns. We exercise a myriad of functions, going about work and play each day, concerned for our external activity, but the Lord calls us to tend to the inner sanctuary. Just as any vessel or structure cannot function well without an engine, an energy source, or foundational strength, our lives need a Holy of Holies that is given precedence and attention. (1 Corinthians 6:19)
Do I start my day charging ahead on my pursuits with my ‘whole house,’ checking off my list of required to-dos and preferred want-tos? Do I see myself as indispensable and invincible for the demands at hand? What would change in my attitude or priorities if I began by tending to that secret place? What could change in my practical effectiveness and spiritual fruitfulness if I spent time in the Holy of Holies first thing?
What responsibilities call for insight, what decisions for wisdom? Would I seek them from God corresponding to their importance? Where do I lack energy, or spiritual zeal? Is my time spent with the Lord corresponding in measure to my dearth? Martin Luther said, “I have so much to do that I shall spend the first three hours in prayer.” As your days, so shall your strength be, when we begin those days in the Holy Place. (Deuteronomy 33:25)
Lord, grant me wisdom and discipline to take time in the Holy Place proportionate to the demands of each day. Honoring You first is the only way to honor You always.