Where has the Lord’s glory gone?

Posted: March 14, 2015 in Holy Spirit is at work today: Fruits of Love, Joy and FAITH, Peace

In 2 Chronicles, Solomon builds a temple in Jerusalem for the Lord to be worshipped. In chapter 6 he prays to dedicate that building to the Lord God of Israel. As Chapter 7 opens, we read this: “As soon as Solomon finished praying, fire came down from heaven and burned up the offerings. The Lord’s dazzling glory then filled the temple and the priests could not go in.” (2 Chron. 7:1-2). God is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow, so why do we as a modern church people settle for less than a manifest presence of God’s glory in our buildings? When Christ died for us at the cross, and rose again on the third day, we all became eligible to become God’s temple — by accepting the free gift of His Holy Spirit — so the glory of God lives in all believers — but why not in church buildings? When did we settle for less than God’s glory in our corporate houses of praise?

Continuing on, in verse 3, the people at this dedication ceremony respond to the glory cloud with this rousing affirmation: “When the crowd of people saw the fire and the Lord’s glory, they knelt down and worshiped the Lord. They prayed:

“The Lord is good, and his love never ends.”

Let’s all start praying earnestly, in faith, for the glory of the Lord to return to our churches and synagogues..that God’s Holy Spirit would be encouraged and welcomed — sought after with clean hands and pure hearts. What could we accomplish then as God’s people? Let’s not settle apathetically for less than what is available through God’s grace.

“May you, my God, be honored above the heavens; may your glory be seen everywhere on earth.” (Psalms 57:11)

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