Mercy Street Church of Christ
Abilene, TX
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God dwells among men

Can it indeed be that God dwells among men on earth? (1 Kings 8:27)

This may seem an odd question for a man as wise as Solomon to ask. But Solomon wasn’t really looking for an answer. It was more of an exclamation of joy and wonder and awe. He had just witnessed the ark of the covenant being brought into the new Temple he had built and the glory of the Lord coming down in a great cloud. Solomon himself said the Lord had come to dwell there. He knew the answer was yes, and that answer amazed him.

Solomon’s question may bring to mind a question that his father David asked: “What are humans that you are mindful of them, mere mortals that you care for them?” (Psalm 8:5). David compares us seemingly insignificant humans to the vastness of space and the wonder of the stars and planets and asks how the Creator of something so immense and beautiful could be concerned with us. It’s not exactly logical, but it’s true—which makes it even more incredible!

But God isn’t just “concerned” with us; he has come to live with us in person. The incarnation of Christ is perhaps the most basic truth of our faith and the most essential for us to grasp. The Maker of the universe has experienced everything that we experience: our laughter, our sorrow, our hopes, our fears, and our pain. He even knows what it’s like to die. And what’s more, he has gathered all these experiences—our whole humanity—and redeemed them. By taking on human flesh, he has sanctified us, even as he continues to sanctify us day after day.

If you’re not particularly thankful for anything at this moment, be thankful that Christ lives in you. He knows you inside and out. He is concerned with even the smallest details of your life. Just as God is continually blessing you, make it a point to bless him with your own praise and thanksgiving. Know that as you give him glory and honor, he will lift you up—just as he did for King Solomon!

“Father, thank you for all of your wonderful works! Thank you for the beauty all around me. Most of all, thank you for your Son, Jesus. Teach me to love him above all else.”

Psalm 84:3-5, 10-11; Mark 7:1-13

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