How has God been good to you and shown his unfailing love to you and those around you? The glory and grace of God is falling upon us again today. We live in that holy place the priests were unable to enter: in Jesus, God lives with us and in us with enduring love!
1 When Solomon finished praying, fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices, and the glory of the Lord filled the temple. 2 The priests could not enter the temple of the Lord because the glory of the Lord filled it. 3 When all the Israelites saw the fire coming down and the glory of the Lord above the temple, they knelt on the pavement with their faces to the ground, and they worshiped and gave thanks to the Lord, saying,
“He is good;
his love endures forever.”
The Lord consumed the offerings of the people and his glory filled the temple so that the priests could not enter it. They could not be in the same place as God or they would die. At the sight of God’s power and presence, all of Israel bowed low and gave thanks.
Even though they could not enter where God’s presence was filling the temple, they praised God as good – his love endures forever. They balanced the reverence for the God who dwells in unapproachable light with the worship of him for his love and goodness. God had been so gracious and faithful to Israel. These things were not inconsistent or contrary to each other for the children of God.
How has God been good to you? How has he shown his unfailing love to you and those around you?
Perhaps we take too much credit for our life’s breath these days. We don’t often feel rescued by God from the attack of threatening armies or certain death. In North America we often feel like we are the rescuers of others. Meanwhile, just as Jesus holds all of creation together, he sustains us and continues to give us life.
One difference for us is that we are able to enter where God is. God no longer holds us back from being in the place in which he dwells. In fact, he dwells with us and within us, and he wants to be close to us in every way. God sent Jesus to live among us so that we could trust him and know him and be rescued by him through Jesus’ death on the cross and resurrection from the dead.
We live in that holy place the priests were unable to enter. We live in that presence and communion with God which was reserved for prophets or anointed ones of old. And we likely take that for granted…
The glory of the Lord is falling upon us again today. Will we worship him for his goodness and enduring love?