The temple I am going to build will be great, because our God is greater than all other gods. But who is able to build a temple for him, since the heavens, even the highest heavens, cannot contain him? Who then am I to build a temple for him, except as a place to burn sacrifices before him?
2 Chronicles 2:5-6 NIV
Too many of us are so busy and our lives are so organized that we try and cram God into our schedules by forcing him into the proverbial box that we create so as not to upset our routine. We feel that if we can put our “church” time on the calendar we can get our God time in for the week. Sunday morning, 11am, church – check. Done. Great, we’re good until next week. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work like that. Solomon, with his God-given wisdom understood the omnipresent character and sovereignty of the Lord and consequently knew that God couldn’t be contained in a building. He recognized that God’s willingness to create a symbol of his presence here on earth was a unique and inspiring illustration of his grace and love for finite human beings.
We need to cultivate a one on one relationship with God by seeking him out daily through his word and talking with him through prayer. While meeting together with others is vitallyimportant for encouragement and instruction, that personal time with our Father is where you foster that intimate relationship.