In 1 Kings 6–10 one witnesses the great work and wisdom of Solomon and the king is busy about the work of building a house for the Lord God of Israel. Just as Jesus at a young age asked his family if they did not know that he had to be busy doing the work of the Father even we should recognize our need to be stead-fast in our labor of love for God. God blesses the work done by Solomon but make a conditional promise predicated upon Solomon’s continued faithfulness. God also makes a conditional promise to us that He will bless us in eternity if we are obedient and faithful.
Soon after finishing the work we read this sad statement, “But King Solomon loved many foreign women” and “his wives turned his heart after other gods; and his heart was not loyal to the LORD his God, as was the heart of his father David” (1 Kings 11:1–4). One thinks of the old adage “idle hands are the devil’s workshop.” God still today gives the same instruction and warning to do what He says and be blessed, do not and suffer the consequences (Romans 11:22). Being busy about the Lord’s work leaves little time and few opportunities to sin. Being idle will give Satan access to our hearts, minds, and hands to turn away from serving God.