Acts 7:47/48 – But it was Solomon who built a house for him. Yet the Most High does not dwell in houses made by hands.
Across the world there is the misconception among some/many that God resides in the buildings that are built for the purpose of meeting with him. For those people, in order to come into God’s presence, they must go to those buildings, yet the Most High does not dwell in houses made by hands.
One of the disciples, Stephen, was explaining the Scriptures in front of the council, showing them just how far off course they had wandered. They had put God in a box, his laws neatly contained and his place defined. In quoting Isaiah, Stephen reminded them of what God had said:
“Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool; what is the house that you would build for me, and what is the place of my rest? All these things my hand has made, and so all these things came to be, declares the Lord.”
King David had wanted to build a house for the Lord but the Lord said “No”. He went on to say, “I will raise up your offspring after you. He shall build a house for my name.” You will notice that God did not say, he will build a house for Me but rather, ‘a house for my name’. When the time came, Solomon did build a house for the Lord but he did so without any disillusion, for he said, “Will God indeed dwell on the earth? The highest heaven cannot contain you; how much less this house that I have built!”
We try to contain God is so many ways and we can be guilty of putting him in a box labelled: This is who God is and this is what he can do. And we think the Pharisees were arrogant! The more I sit here thinking about it, the more incredulous it seems that we would ever even try to define the Creator of the universe; the One who uses this world that we live in as a place to rest his feet!
And yet still, although He does not dwell in houses made by hands, He has chosen to dwell, by his Spirit, in each and every one of his children. What a mighty God we serve.