15 March 2014
In the Old Testament we see instances of people rebuilding the temple of God or neglecting the temple of God. There is never a good ending or result for the times when people have neglected the temple of God.
In the book of Haggai, The Lord rebuked his people who neglected the temple of God which laid in ruins while they lived in paneled houses. And this was the result of the neglect of the Lord’s temple:
“You have planted much, but harvested little. You eat, but never have enough. You drink, but never have your fill. You put on clothes, but are not warm. You earn wages, only to put them in a purse with holes in it.”
The Lord does not live in temples or shrines and nor do we need to go to any particular place to honour and worship God. Even the church is not necessarily a building but is simply a body of believers who make up the temple of God. God did not dwell in the temple in the Old Testament days or today. But God uses symbolism in the material world to reflect what is going on in our hearts. When the physical temple of The Lord was neglected it reflected a spiritual dryness and neglect which cursed everything that was done and every work proved unfruitful.
When we neglect God in our daily lives and fail to acknowledge His presence in our bodies which is now the temple of God, we dishonor Him and it is equivalent to neglecting the temple of God in the Old Testament times.
We give honour and respect to leaders of nations, to our superiors at work, to those who have loved and cared for us like our parents and family. So then God deserves and commands our respect and honour. May no day of our lives go by without acknowledging the greatness and magnificence of God. May we be reminded to give Him glory and honour through our bodies which is now the temple of the living God.
Lord Jesus, thank you that you have now made my body the temple of your Holy Spirit. May I not neglect to give you honour and strive to keep my affairs holy because you are ever present before me and in me. I cannot hide from you but take you wherever I am. So forgive me when I dishonour your name by doing what I ought not to do, forgive me when I grow cold or dull toward your Spirit. Renew in me a steadfast love for you and a reverence for your holy name.