Once David had settled into his house and Yahweh had given him rest from all the enemies surrounding him, the king said to the prophet Nathan, “look, I am living in a house of cedar while the ark of God dwells in a tent.”2 Samuel: 7:1-2
This afternoon I lay in the heat of my kitchen being caressed by the lukewarm air of a fan not fit for purpose. I opened my Bible following a short nap in my chair to read some of second samuel. Flicking through the pages the above quote grabbed me.
I thought about it for some time. At some point we all begin to think like David. There is this sudden awakening and realization that we are living in luxury while the Lord has been forgotten about and left outside in a miserable tent. Here we are with our big house, amazing career, two cars in the driveway and living the American dream, while God has been put further down the list of priorities and given the back seat on the Bus.
Then, suddenly at some point in our lives, realizing this we seek to remedy it through repenting of our stupidity. It can also be viewed another way too in terms not so materialistic. Sometimes the luxury we live in is feeding the pleasures of the flesh destroying the temple that is our souls and bodies. Immersed in the house of sin, we’ve allowed the temple of the Lord, (that is our bodies and souls where the Holy Spirit dwells) to fall into ruin.
Meditate on the passage I’ve quoted and ask yourself, “What Luxury do I live in and why have I forgotten the God who provided me with the greater gift of eternal life? What house have I built for the Lord to dwell in? What does that house look like? Overgrown with the weeds of sin and left derelict for want of a lick of virtuous paint?”
Lord, teach me always to keep your temple (that is my body and soul) swept and tidied, fit for the King of Kings. Allow me never to grow in arrogance placing the passing things of this world in precedence to your eternal dwelling. May I always choose second place, and give you the honor of having the first. May the house I build for you be a virtuous one and not a dwelling in debt to sin.