GOD’S LOVE FOR HIS HOUSE
1Kings 9:3 And the LORD said to him: “I have heard your prayer and your supplication that you have made before Me; I have consecrated this house which you have built to put My name there forever, and My eyes and My heart will be there perpetually.
God loves His house. In the Old Testament it was the tabernacle in the wilderness and the temple in Jerusalem. Now don’t misunderstand what I’m saying, The Lord is not impressed with buildings no matter how spectacular they may be. After all, He created everything that is; from the rings of Saturn to the brilliance of the sun. He formed the breath taking Grand Canyon and the stark beauty of Antarctica. Nothing we create can impress this Sovereign God, but His eyes and His heart have always been on His house. What is it about His house that causes The Lord to not be able to take His eyes off of it? His house is the dwelling place of His glory. The Lord loves His glory and loves to display His glory amongst mankind. His shekinah glory abode in the tabernacle and also in the temple. But what about now? The temple was destroyed in 70 AD. Where is His house today?
Today The Lord lives in buildings not made with hands. In the same way He revealed Himself in the Old Testament He reveals Himself in the New Testament. Today He reveals Himself to the world through His local church. He loves His church, even with all its problems, this is the place He has chosen to dwell.
If that is true, the local church should be a major part of our lives. This is where God meets with us, this is His plan to reach the world with the gospel of Jesus Christ. More than a sermon or a one time experience but a a life we are called into to enjoy and share with others of like and precious faith.
This love for His church has been part of Parris’ and my life for almost forty years. You could say we have been “raised” in His house. That’s why we have planted seeds to build it’s buildings and given our tithes and offerings to support and run it. We have raised our children in it, we have given our talents and giftings to it, and we have defended it when attacked by it’s enemies. I love the house of God and love to see it prosper and go forward for His Glory.
Why do I love His house? Why, it’s the place where He reveals Himself, it’s the place where His shekinah glory is put on display, it’s the place where broken lives are healed and put back together again. While others self righteously criticize the so called “organized church” I embrace it because that is where I find life itself. Every time we gather together, with our problems and all our hypocrisies, He still comes and meets with us. His eyes and His heart are still on His house.