1 Chronicles 22:1 A Place For God To Stay

Then David said, “The house of the Lord God is to be here, and also the altar of burnt offering for Israel.” 1 Chronicles 22:1

Having a place to stay is important for every person. Most people have to search for a good place to live and then rent it. Some will get the opportunity to purchase the place, while a few will have the opportunity to build a new place.

To build a new place takes a lot of planning and decision making. One has to decide where to build it and how to have it built.

David wanted to have a temple built for God to dwell in and have the burnt offerings offered in. He chose the house of God to be built.

The world is always seeking a place to live, but very rarely is seeking a place for other people to live, unless it is for a profit. The dwelling places of people are always temporary and come with a lot of challenges.

One thing the world does not seek is where God can dwell and a place where offerings can be offered up to Him.

While it is important for believers to have a place to physically live, it is more important to make a place for God to live. Every believer is to be the temple of God and a living sacrifice. Their lives are to be a place where God can live and they offer their whole lives up to be a sacrifice unto God for what Jesus has done for them.

Jesus provided forgiveness and cleansing from sin for every believer, giving them the opportunity to be the temple of God. Now the believer can live the holy life Jesus provided and make his life a place for God to dwell in for the whole world to see.

Although you may go to some church, the place where God really dwells is inside you, if you are a believer in Jesus. Live your life for God in such a way that God is pleased to make your heart a place to dwell. Offer your whole life up to God as a living and pleasing sacrifice to God.

Do not allow your life to be filled with the world and sin that will evict God from your life. Be the purified and holy temple of God that Jesus died on the cross for you to be.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will be the holy temple of God to dwell in; that you will live a holy life that Jesus has provided for you; that your life will be a sacrifice of love to God; and that the world will see that God dwells in you.

Psalm 132:4-5 Finding A Place For God

I will allow no sleep to my eyes or slumber to my eyelids, till I find a place for the LORD, a dwelling for the Might One of Jacob. Psalm 132:4-5

In the busyness of life, people are moving so much and so fast that they cannot find the time or place to slow down. Along with not finding the own personal need to slow down, they do not have much room for God in their lives. Work, school, families, spouses, repairs, cleaning, gardening, yard work, vehicle work, and the list goes on indefinitely of things that take their place in their lives.

The world is seeking to have a place for wealth, health and fame in their lives. If any one of these are missing, they strive for more.

Not only is this a problem in the world, it can be a problem with those in the church. Focus on the things of this world can easily push out a place for God in the lives of a person. Not only does a believer have all the same challenges that the world has, he may even have added in the challenges of ministry inside the church.

The events in a person’s life get so overwhelming that Jesus has no real dwelling in his life, except on Sunday morning for maybe one to two hours…maybe. Even then many are thinking about things after the service while in the service.

David said he would not sleep until he found a place for God to dwell. Although he was talking about a physical dwelling place, believers today need to find a place for God in their lives.

In your busyness of life, are you finding a place for Jesus in your life?

Allow God to be on the throne of your life. He should be the One who is at the center of all that you do, not just someone you think about on Sunday morning or in a crisis moment.

When something is important to you, you will find a place for it in your life. Is Jesus important to you?

Does God have a dwelling place in your day-to-day life?

I pray today that you will make time for God every day; that God will have the highest place in your life; that you will never sleep without God dwelling in your life; and that you will seek God all day every day.