by Rev Jason Phua
Bible Reading: 2 Chronicles 4:1-6:11; Psalm 97:1-98:9
READ (verses chosen for meditation)
2 Chronicles 6:18 “But will God indeed dwell with man on the earth? Behold, heaven and the highest heaven cannot contain you, how much less this house that I have built!”
Solomon finished building the temple and in the presence of God and the people of Israel, he prayed a prayer. In his prayer, he uttered the prophetic question of whether God will indeed dwell with man on earth. Never did he know, nor would he had imagined, that approximately 900 years later, his question was answered. His question was answered quite literally, that God came to dwell with man on earth in the flesh. Immanuel. God with us. Jesus came as fully man, even as He is fully God, to dwell with man. Jesus came to dwell with man, so that He can obey the Father’s will to atone for our sins at Calvary.
Why would God do such a thing? Why would a holy God choose to dwell with sinful creatures who rebelled and betrayed His trust? Why would a Creator of the universe and beyond choose to dwell with human beings whom He had created? I believe it is because of God’s desire to reconcile His people back to Him. I believe it is because of God’s faithfulness to the covenant that He had made with David especially of 2 Samuel 7:16 “Your house and kingdom will endure before Me forever, and your throne will be established forever.” God was not saying that David’s line will be kings forever. God was saying that David’s line will involve the birth of the Christ child and through Christ, God’s kingdom shall be established forever. Indeed, nothing on earth can contain God. However, if God so choose; He can dwell with man in the flesh for the sake of rescuing us from ourselves. Such is the magnitude of God’s grace and love for man.
As one who regarded myself as a follower of Christ, how am I responding to such a magnitude of love and grace from my Creator? Do I worship, pray and give reverence to God like Solomon? Does my life reflect that I am truly in awe and gratitude of such a great God? I have much to learn from Solomon at this point of his life. I do not think that I am always in awe of who God is in my life. If it be so, then I wouldn’t have prioritized my own comfort to His will. I wouldn’t have surrendered to impatience instead of being still to seek His face. I am thankful that God has chosen to come and dwell in the flesh. If not for such a miracle; I would have continued in my old ways and not the privilege of living in the new.
Lord God, help me to learn from the sense of awe that Solomon have for you at this point of his life. This is so that my life in Christ can be more pleasing in Your sight. Amen.