King Solomon was very diligent in building the Temple of the Lord just like God has asked him to. Much of what we read in 1 Kings and 2 Chronicles is about all of the hard work and dedication it took to fulfill Solomon’s obligation.
During the dedication of the temple, Solomon knelt down before the altar in front of the whole assembly of Israel, spread out his hands, and prayed for his people. He prayed that, in every situation –
were in defeat,
a stranger in a strange land,
that they would turn to God and that God would hear them.
Then Solomon asked God to arrive and come to his resting place.
When Solomon finished praying, fire came down from heaven to consume the offerings and sacrifices laid on the altar in front of Solomon. And the Glory of the Lord filled the Temple.
When Jesus came to earth, he told us that the temple was being moved. The temple is now the heart of every believer. Our body is the Temple of the Lord. God dwells within us.
When we ask God to come and dwell inside of us, he does. And his glory can fill our hearts as we learn to give him more and more room, more and more control. All we need to do is ask. We need to seek him.
Whenever we ask, he answers. Whenever we seek him, we find him.
Come fill our hearts today with your glory, dear God!