““But will God indeed dwell on the earth? Behold, heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain You. How much less this temple which I have built! Yet regard the prayer of Your servant and his supplication, O Lord my God, and listen to the cry and the prayer which Your servant is praying before You today: that Your eyes may be open toward this temple night and day, toward the place of which You said, ‘My name shall be there,’ that You may hear the prayer which Your servant makes toward this place. And may You hear the supplication of Your servant and of Your people Israel, when they pray toward this place. Hear in heaven Your dwelling place; and when You hear, forgive.”
I Kings 8:27-30 NKJV
When I consider the splendor of the temple that Solomon completed to be the dwelling place of God, I cannot begin to understand how the God of the Universe would ever settle on residing in a run down shack that is my body. As I ponder these things, I taken back to the incarnation, when the Creator God was humbled, born of a virgin under the most base of circumstances.
He left the glory He knew with the Father to come to earth, as one of us. When Solomon built the temple, I am sure He was considering the glory of Heaven, as the instructions were communicated to those he had commissioned. Even so, Solomon wondered if all that he has built would be enough to contain the glory of God.
Like Solomon, I to ask only of the Lord that He hear my prayers and supplications, the He would regard the humble, unleashing the power of the divine that His will be done. I desire not the glories of the flesh, but the knowledge of God to go throughout the earth.
It is easy to be one who prays for the fleshly things of life, those things that are needful for survival. I have learned that the Lord truly knows the needs of those who serve Him. I have seldom prayed for my own needs, yet I have never had want.
““Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”
Matthew 6:31-33 NKJV
Solomon knew that all that he had built for the Lord was mere brick and mortar, for nothing can contain the Lord who seeks to dwell not in things built with hands, but in the hearts of people who surrender to Him.
The Lord gave the world His Son Jesus, to lead us, became one of us that He could pay the price for our sins, and to become sin for us. Jesus laid aside the glory of Heaven, for the cave and the manger, He walked about for three years, essentially homeless, that we could have a home in Heaven.
I am sustained as this shack becomes all the more derelict, by the knowledge that this place that my soul calls home, will be one day glorified. In the mean time, I suffer the pains of this certain time. Better things are coming.
“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope; because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now.”
Romans 8:18-22 NKJV
The temple that Solomon built was diminished over time, and eventually destroyed. It was replaced by lesser temples, each a fading representation of that which is in Heaven. Soon the two witnesses will erect the Tabernacle of David as the Lord moves full circle in preparation for the events to come.
Brothers and sisters, let us not be focused on the political entanglements of these times. The spiritual realm dwarfs anything we can imagine. Let us be about the work of the Lord. We are in the last days, however you wish to define it, and we must go about what we have to do with intentionality.
As the Lord is now dwelling in our mere shacks, which are the bodies of the saints, He is even now building a far more majestic place for us.
“Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea. Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God.”
Revelation 21:1-3 NKJV
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