Solomon was handed the project from his father David of building the temple, and he did an outstanding job. Yet, there was something God was looking for; “Thus says the Lord: “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?” (Isaiah 66:1). If heaven was God’s throne and earth His footstool, what human construction could possibly begin to provide a place where God would be at “rest” with His people?
There are very few, even in Scripture, who had God’s idea of a dwelling place for God. Abraham was longing for this, “For he was looking forward to the city that has foundations, whose designer and builder is God” (Hebrews 11:10). Paul received the ultimate design when he referred to those who make up the church, “You also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit” (Ephesians 2:22). Peter says that we “like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 2:5).
If we were to grasp the vast importance of God’s design for a house, a dwelling place for Him, we would place very little emphasis on buildings and places of worship. Our focus would become a pure temple in our hearts, designed and formed by God the Spirit. What house are you building?