2 Samuel 7:5,7 (KJV) Go and tell my servant David, Thus saith the Lord, Shalt thou build me an house for me to dwell in?…In all the places wherein I have walked with all the children of Israel spake I a word with any of the tribes of Israel, whom I commanded to feed my people Israel, saying, Why build ye not me an house of cedar?
Having the privilege of being in a relationship with someone is often taken for granted. We overlook and sometimes forget about the unique qualities about their character which caused an attraction to them in the first place. We, sometimes, tend to become possessive and demanding of the significant person to the point of a loss of significance. More often than not, we will begin to treat them as a possession and not someone of significant value. This will eventually place a strain on the relationship if the other person is conscious of their self worth, and some changes will need to be made if the relationship is to continue.
Understanding The Text
This passage of Scripture causes great tension with advocates of a central meeting place for believers. Why? Tradition says we are to go the “temple”, or in the contemporary context, we must “go to church” in order to experience God’s presence. The problem with this manner of thinking is that by reducing God’s presence to time and space, we are actually violating and restricting His freedom to exercise His omnipresence.
Let us understand this: God will not be bound by any limitations and restrictions placed upon Him by His creation. Yes, we have have been instructed to assemble together with other believers (Heb. 10:25). This is for the instruction and edification of the Body of Christ. However, each of Christ’s disciples have been made “the temple of the Holy Spirit” through the finished work of Christ and the subsequent work of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 6:19-20).
This indwelling of the Holy Spirit within each believer allows God to continue to operate within His creation with freedom and without limitation to one central location. His presence dwells within and among us, thus, permitting God to use His people as vessels of His love and grace within the world. Because of His indwelling presence, our lives have become the living message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
The key to “knowing” God is to approach His inspired Word and His presence with an understanding that the revelation of Who He Is will only be revealed to us one experience at a time.
Why Is This Important To Us?
This is important to us because when we restrict God to operating only in central location, we will eventually begin to attempt to also control how He operates. This occurs once familiarity with His presence has been established. We begin to presume “to know” what is the best course of action and try to bend God’s will to align with our desires. As the Apostle Paul stated, “God forbid!”
God alone is the Sovereign Lord God of Hosts and of all creation. His Kingdom agenda supersedes anything we can formulate and attempt to implement within this world. He will not allow any one people group, religious group, or any group to claim a monopoly on His presence and power. He will not be summoned whenever it is convenient for any of us and returned to a shelf or box whenever He is no longer needed. God cannot and will not be controlled by anyone at any time nor limited to any one place. In other words, let us not misunderstand this: we must never fall into the error of becoming too familiar with Who God Is.