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?
All these things my hand has made,
and so all these things came to be,
declares the Lord.
But this is the one to whom I will look:
he who is humble and contrite in spirit
and trembles at my word
Through the words of Isaiah, God is reminding us about what matters most in our lives, and that is having God in your heart.
This is one of the issues I have with the large corporate churches. They tell us that their lavish buildings and furnishings are for the glory of God. They tell us that the amount of money that flows through the organization is for doing the work of the Lord. I’m not quite sure what their excuse is for the lavish life style they lead. Perhaps they feel it is their just reward, the universe balancing out for them, rewarding them for being such a good person. I don’t begrudge anyone for making any amount of money, no matter how obscene it might seem, but just be honest about it.
In these two verses Isaiah is telling us that God had created the heavens and the earth. So what could be the purpose of these ornate, lavish and expensive churches other than to feed the vanity of man. God made all of the materials that were used to build them, and the churches have produced nothing new under the sun. The leaders of these corporate buildings stand back and sanctify themselves for their own work when they do nothing except serve the vanity of man.
The verses remind me of 2 Chronicles 30:18-19, which I wrote about in my post Seek God – The First Law. The post was about when King Hezekiah, the thirteenth king of Judah, had restored the temple of the Lord. People from all the tribes of Israel were coming to Judah to celebrate the Passover for the first time in years. Hezekiah understood what was truly important in your relationship with God. He knew it wasn’t about the laws and rituals of consecration. It was first and foremost about setting in your heart to seek God.
And in these verses God is saying the same thing.
All the temples, churches, sanctuaries and rituals are nothing new to God. God creates everything and all things that God creates exceeds that which man can do. Those who build these temples and perform these rituals, those who proclaim themselves servants of God by their vain actions are filled with the arrogance of man. They have lost their humble and contrite spirit. They do not tremble at the word of God and only know the words of man and the vanity of man.
God does not want lavish churches, temples, synagogues, those are the folly of man. God wants for nothing. God is telling us what we need to do to want for nothing.
Seek God with a humble and contrite spirit, this is how you let God into your heart. And that’s the hard part, to do this each and every day. But by doing this every day you will want for nothing.
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