September 23rd, 2018|| Scripture of the Day
Our ancestors had the tabernacle of the covenant law with them in the wilderness. It had been made as God directed Moses, according to the pattern he had seen…But it was Solomon who built a house for Him.
However, the Most High does not dwell in houses made by human hands, As the prophet says: “Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool. What kind of house will you build for me? Says the Lord. Or where will my resting place be?
Has not my hand made all these things?
As Stephen, one of the seven Deacons of the early Church, was about to be stoned for proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus, he had the opportunity to address the religious leaders. He took them through their entire spiritual journey and reminded them of the magnificent temple King Solomon built for God. But then he reminded them that the Almighty God does not dwell in houses made by human hands. How could any earthly building contain the God who counts the whole heavenly realm as His throne and the entire earth with its seas and mountains and vast terrain as His footstool?
As I reflect over this passage, the only thought that runs through my mind is: Honestly – what can we give to God? God owns everything! His hands made everything! What can we as mortals ever give to God that truly befits Him as Lord of all? We can’t build a house big enough to serve as His dwelling place.
But there is one thing that is big enough to contain Him and that truly brings Him untold joy! It is our heart! Our heart is the only thing that God truly desires and it is the only thing that is big enough to contain Him. So the Scripture declares in Deuteronomy 6:5, “Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.”
So honestly – what can we give to God that can truly contain Him and please Him?
The only satisfying answer is: our hearts! Would you completely turn over your heart to Him today? It is the only thing that He truly desires from us.
Prayer: Lord, I give you my heart in its entirety. Have complete dominion over my heart and let it be your royal throne. Amen
Courtesy of RENEWAL CHRISTIAN CENTER