When Israel was first permitted to return to Jerusalem after exile, one of the major goals was to rebuild the temple. For whatever reason, that job was neglected for quite some time. The prophets Haggai and Zechariah reminded the people of the temple’s importance and that it ought to be a higher priority.
Isn’t it true that we tend to get so caught up in day-to-day responsibilities that we often neglect what is most important? Perhaps we focus on work so much that we neglect spending time with family. Perhaps we are so involved with a project that we forget to fulfill a prior obligation. These things, though, are actually symptoms of the bigger problem: we neglect to take the time to build our relationship with God.
The Temple of Jerusalem in the Old Testament was the place where God would dwell in order to make His presence known to Israel. The New Testament tells us that, because of Christ’s death on the cross and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, the body of the believer has replaced that temple as God’s dwelling place. Like the returned exiles, we have a responsibility to tend our temple in order to know God’s presence. When was the last time you took a good look at the instructions to be sure your temple is in good working order?
Take some time today to do some construction on your temple that you may experience God’s presence as you…
Walk in Him.