Lori Beyar, Missionary
Specifically 1 Kings 8:1-53 and 2 Chronicles 6:1-42
As I read the dedication of the temple in Jerusalem by Solomon there came to my mind the amount of majesty and wonder there must have been for the people to see this magnificent temple. There was so much awe and wonder in the beauty of the temple as a place to look upon, as well as the place where the name of the Lord would be represented in Jerusalem. I remember times when I have stood in some of the great cathedrals in Christian history. And I remember feeling very small compared to the size of the cathedral–and even further realizing how small I am compared to Almighty God, who created the heaven and earth.
If it just stopped there, that I was supposed to be only in awe of God, then I think I could at times feel distant and nervous about what the Almighty God would think. But then Solomon says something during his dedication that shows the intimate and personal side of our Lord.
I Kings 8:39 says, “Act and render to each whose heart you know, according to all his ways (for you, you only, know the hearts of all the children of mankind).”
Here Solomon is making the incredible statement that the Almighty God of the Universe knows the hearts of all mankind. God knows my heart. He knows what I think, when I am afraid, when I am unsure about the future, when I feel blessed and when I am grieving.
God sees beyond my circumstances and sees beyond my behavior. What God is concerned about is my heart. Solomon states how God will respond to people as He knows their hearts. So even when I mess up, God knows in my heart if I am sincere about my desire to follow Him and love him. God is not concerned with me being perfect; He is much more concerned that I am humbly loving and following Him.
Where is my heart today? I know what I need to do and the words I need to say, but how is my heart today? God is the magnificent creator of the universe, and He is also the one who intimately knows my heart and wants me to love and humbly seek Him.
May the Lord keep reminding me of HIs love and grace for me as I try to walk with Him.