“Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land. My eyes will be open and my ears attentive to every prayer made in this place. For I have chosen this Temple and set it apart to be holy-a place where my name will be honored forever. I will always watch over it, for it is dear to my heart.” 2 Chronicles 7:14-16 NLT
I am seeing this verse in a new way. The extravagant temple that Solomon built is a parallel to my body, His temple. Am I surrendering it to Him?
He has set me apart.
He has made me holy.
He is watching over me.
He hears my prayers.
I am dear to his heart.
“They cried to the Lord for help, and he answered them. He spoke to Israel from the pillar of cloud, and they followed the laws and decrees he gave them. O Lord our God, you answered them. You were a forgiving God to them, but you punished them when they went wrong. Exalt the Lord our God, and worship at his holy mountain in Jerusalem, for the Lord our God is holy!” Psalms 99:6-9 NLT
God spoke to Israel in the pillar of a cloud. There have been times when I have wondered why he isn’t speaking to me in ways that he is to someone else. I was recently asked to paint during the worship service at my church. This was a huge step of faith for me and a fear I had to overcome. One of my biggest stumbling blocks was that I didn’t know what to paint. I prayed for God to reveal an image to me. When he seemed to be silent, the doubt would creep in. I was frustrated when I would hear other artists tell of images that God gave them. But, he did answer me, it was just in a different way that I was expecting. He showed me that it wasn’t as much about what I was painting, as it was surrendering to him and breaking the bondage of old ways of thinking. He spoke through my pastor and his word. He provided in ways that I couldn’t have imagined. I could feel his peace and presence like never before.
“Sing a new song to the Lord, for he has done wonderful deeds. His right hand has won a mighty victory; his holy arm has shown his saving power! The Lord has announced his victory and has revealed his righteousness to every nation! He has remembered his promise to love and be faithful to Israel. The ends of the earth have seen the victory of our God.” Psalms 98:1-3 NLT
Thank you Father that in you I have the victory. That you hear me. And you answer me. I praise you for who you are. Amen.