eyes to see
By Serena Jang
June 11, 2020
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1 Kings 8:1-66
One of my fondest memories from high school was being part of my church’s youth group, spending time together in Sunday School and at summer camps. One of the things we did that had a profound impact in my spiritual life was our weekly Gatherings. At Gathering, we would sit in a circle on the red carpet floor of the Reading Room and our youth leader Karen “Garwshy” Yee would whip out her guitar and lead us in praise songs. After we sang, Garwshy would open the time for sharing by asking us this question, “Where did you see God this week?” It was such a simple question, but it was one of my first memories of really opening my eyes to look for God outside of the church walls. The question challenged me to try to see how God was doing unique and profound things in our daily lives.
In today’s passage from 1 King 8, we see King Solomon bring the ark of the Lord’s covenant to the temple in Jerusalem. Until now, the ark only had temporary homes. It was finally time for the ark to rest within the inner sanctuary of the temple, the Most Holy Place. I often wondered why God waited so long before He allowed the Israelites to build the temple to give the ark a home. The temple could be a familiar and safe place for His people to gather for worship. Who doesn’t like a safe place? I think God waited because He didn’t want the temple itself to become an idol. Just like the Gathering question I was asked each week, God wants His people to seek Him in their everyday lives and ask “Where do I see God right now?” Do we see God all around us? Or is our worship being distracted by worldly desires? My challenge to you today is for you to ask yourself, “Where do I see God right now?” with the hope that you will find comfort in knowing your Almighty Father is always by your side.
“Lord, the God of Israel, there is no God like you in heaven above or on earth below—you who keep your covenant of love with your servants who continue wholeheartedly in your way.
— 1 Kings 8:23
Prayer to start with: Dear God, Give me eyes to see and ears to hear. And courage to step out without any fear. Give me wisdom to know the way to go. God be with me, God be with me on this journey of faith. In Jesus’s name, Amen.