‘…the glory of the LORD filled the temple of God.’ 2 Chronicles 5.14
The Ark of the Covenant (the holy box that contained the tablets of stone given to Moses) was taken into the temple, and the events that followed create a stunning image: people were so caught up in worship they could hardly stand, a cloud appeared and God’s glory filled the temple. Hardly an everyday occurrence! It is so easy to read this account and feel very little personal connection to it, but actually we are very much a part of those events today – way more than we might ever consider.
Something that we have often come back to is the notion that our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit. We often use this phrase as a warning not to sin, or to keep ourselves holy – and rightly so. However, unless we catch the wonder of what a temple is, our Christian lives can become a set of rules, ‘oughts’ and ‘thou shall nots’. So catch the wonder of who you are – a physical place carefully and imaginatively created by God to contain his very presence.
You may well be all too aware of your every failing in life, but when God looks at you this isn’t what catches his attention. Instead he sees his presence dwelling in you, his temple.
Pause for a few moments to ponder the fact that the presence of God dwells in you. He made you for this particular purpose, and he loves what he has made.
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The Revd John Ryeland, Director of The Christian Healing Mission