Now Hiram king of Tyre sent his servants to Solomon when he heard that they had anointed him king in place of his father, for Hiram always loved David. And Solomon sent word to Hiram, “You know that David my father could not build a house for the name of the Lord his God because of the warfare with which his enemies surrounded him, until the Lord put them under the soles of his feet. But now the Lord my God has given me rest on every side. There is neither adversary nor misfortune. And so I intend to build a house for the name of the Lord my God, as the Lord said to David my father, ‘Your son, whom I will set on your throne in your place, shall build the house for my name.’ Now therefore command that cedars of Lebanon be cut for me. And my servants will join your servants, and I will pay you for your servants such wages as you set, for you know that there is no one among us who knows how to cut timber like the Sidonians.” 1 Kings 5:1-6.
Conquest comes before temple building. The Lord had dwelled in tents among His people for generations. It would be this way until the land was cleansed of idolatry and His people had taken possession of the promised land.
What about us? Do we put our time and resources to work on doing ministry or raising up buildings? The early church met in homes, public places, and when necessary, hiding places. There were no church buildings for hundreds of years, until Christianity became Rome’s religion.
If we build church buildings but do not make disciples, we are not honoring God. He wants obedience, not sacrifice.