“But will God indeed dwell on the earth? Behold, heaven and the highest heaven cannot contain You, how much less this house which I have built!” (1 Kings 8:27,)
In 1 Kings 8, Solomon is dedicating his beautiful temple structure, which took hundreds of thousands of men and seven years to build, to the glory of God. The priests have moved the Ark of the Covenant into the temple and the “Shekinah” glory of God has been revealed in the Holy of Holies.
Yet even with this, Solomon realizes that the presence of God in the temple was only a glimpse of God, not God in totality. Even though God chose to make Himself available in the Temple of Jerusalem and make it His “dwelling place,” God’s bigness was and is such that “heaven and the highest heaven cannot contain” God. Solomon came with a tremendous “smallness” to honor the bigness of God.
Solomon’s temple was grand and beautiful. Still today, its architecture and beauty have given it the “grand prize” in the study of ancient architecture and art. With all its splendor, however, even Solomon realizes it is small stuff in comparison with the bigness of God.
Today, remember God’s bigness and rejoice that no building can contain Him. Rejoice that He is big enough to handle your problems, overcome your temptations, and provide for your needs!
In His Grace,
Dr. Randy White
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