Scripture: 1 Kings 8:14-30
Key verse: (8:27) “But will God indeed dwell on the earth? Even heaven and the highest heaven cannot contain you, much less this house that I have built!”
Reflection: Where does God live? Maybe someplace like this?
Or maybe here?
In today’s passage, we read King Solomon’s dedication of the temple in Jerusalem. Solomon acknowledges that no dwelling, on earth or in heaven, can contain the fullness of God. God is bigger and greater than any container. God’s presence cannot be controlled or evicted or even caged like an animal.
Then why build a temple? The rest of Solomon’s message reminds us that the temple is built for the people. This will be the place that focuses their attention on God. This will be a place to seek forgiveness, to pray for help, and to join in spiritual community. The temple is a place for rest (1 Kings 8:56). Not the rest of a long nap or a day at the spa, but the rest that comes from knowing the presence of God bringing peace and strength for whatever we face. May you find a place, or even a picture or video, that focuses you on God and reminds you of God’s presence with you. May you have the promised rest of God.
Prayer: Blessed be the LORD, who chooses to live among us. Blessed be the LORD, who hears our prayers and offers us grace. Blessed be the LORD, who invites us to spiritual rest. Amen.
Author: Millie Snyder
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].