Sunday, May 22, 2011

God's Dwelling Place

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I have been reading some of the most amazing thoughts, and keep coming back to them, wanting to treasure them in my heart and mind.

Reading through the Bible, now in II Chronicles as I alternate between Old Testament books and New Testament books ... I read, again, of all the intricate detail and care put into the building of the Temple by Solomon. His father, David, had received the plans from God, and had collected most of the materials for the building, but Solomon was the one entrusted with the actual building. Such care to detail, to the use of materials of excellence, to building it with precise skill and perfection.

This Temple was to be the dwelling place of GOD ... Solomon himself could hardly fathom it:

"But will God really live on earth among people? 
Why, even the highest heavens cannot contain You. 
How much less this Temple I have built!" 
(II Chronicles 18:18)

This was the most amazing thing, that God would choose to dwell in this Temple, and earlier, in the Tabernacle. 

And even more astounding ~ in these days that we live in, God has chosen to make His dwelling in a place of even greater significance, a place so close ... in our human hearts, in us.

"And this is the secret:
 Christ lives in you." 
(Colossians 1:27b)

How can this be? Do I really realize the significance of this? Do I let this truth encompass all of my days, my whole life and focus? 

Solomon gave such great care to the Temple, the dwelling place of God. And we should treat our hearts as holy places, intricately cared for and furnished with only the most treasured materials. Allowing His Spirit to continually cleanse, beautify, and nourish this most holy of dwelling places.

Lord, I am in awe that You would choose to make Your dwelling in us, in our hearts. May You feel at home in our hearts, and may Your Spirit continually make us into places of beauty for Your Presence, reflecting You to all those around us.

Linking to Walk with Him Wednesdays

And to Reflection SONday, sharing some fresh insight from God this past week.

1 comment:

  1. Oh I love to gain from your insights! What an incredible privilege... if you can even call it that, seems like more than privledge, to have Christ in us. How can it be so easy to forget?? Thanks for sharin. And thanks for your thoughts and insights about ministry and motherhood. Very helpful and encouraging.