Joint Efforts Pay Off

handshake“And Solomon’s builders and Hiram’s builders did hew them, and the stonesquarers: so they prepared timber and stones to build the house.” (1 Kings 5:18 in the King James Version of the Holy Bible)

The beautiful temple that Solomon instructed to be built is often called “Solomon’s Temple” but in reality it was constructed by a joint effort.

As I read of all who helped in the construction project, I was struck with the thought that most things require the help of someone else.

In my Bible reading this week, I read about the building of the temple and was in awe of how this was accomplished by people working together.

One of the masterminds of this massive structure was a man named Hiram; he was king of Tyre. What a blessing he was! He could have been jealous because the temple was not being built in his country, but instead decided to help Solomon. Hiram’s name is not mentioned when the temple is discussed today. Verse 12 states that they made a league together. This joint effort paid off and brought peace between two leaders.

If everyone would do what they could in the building of the Kingdom of God and not worry about being recognized by name, what could be done?

Prayer: Thank You, Lord, for allowing me the privilege to do my part in seeing a church established in my community. There is no greater reward than seeing a church built and lives changed by Your power!

Devotion by: Kaye Singleton

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