God’s Presence

Rising Joy by Vicki Matheny

“God does not really live on the earth! Look, if the sky and the highest heaven cannot contain you, how much less this temple I have built! … 1 Kings 8.27

King Solomon had finished constructing the Temple. The ark of the covenant had been moved to its new home. King David, his father, had gathered the necessary supplies and had left the actual task to Solomon, 1 Chronicles 22.11, 14.

Solomon recognized that God did not actually live on the earth. Jesus taught in Matthew 5.35 that the earth is God’s footstool. It cannot begin to contain him. The Temple was the place where God’s presence was recognized to be.

The Temple was destroyed long ago around the time of 70 A.D. Does that mean that we no longer have God’s presence on earth? No, God is present in those who are obedient to him, John 14.23. The body of Christ, the church, contains those who belong to God and have been added to it by him, Acts 2.47. Are you a part of that number?

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