Words from the Heart for Monday May 21st, 2018
This is what the Lord says: “Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool. Where is the house you will build for me? Where will my resting place be?”
Isaiah 66:1 (NIV)
The Heavenly Throne
There have been long-reigning leaders throughout history, such as Queen Victoria, who is remembered today. But, there is a throne that is still higher than any government on the earth. That is the throne of our God as Ruler. The reigns of all kings and queens will come to an end, but our God rules forever and ever.
Carved above the speaker’s chair in Canada’s House of Commons is the Royal Arms of the United Kingdom. This chair was a gift from the United Kingdom Branch of the Empire Parliamentary Association in 1921, to replace the chair that was destroyed by the fire of 1916. It was an exact replica of the chair in the British House of Commons at the time. These arms at its apex were considered the royal arms for general purposes throughout the British empire.
The Bible tells us that God’s residence is in heaven. He rules and reigns from there, intimately interested in all that is taking place in the universe He has created, and specifically on this ball we call earth. The challenge He has is that He loves us and doesn’t want to be far from us. So He says to the prophet in Isaiah 66:1, “This is what the Lord says: “Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool. Where is the house you will build for me? Where will my resting place be?” In the Hebrew Scriptures, we read about God’s command to build a Temple, where He could take up residence and be close to His people. But even that wasn’t enough. Their sin, our sin, prevented Him from walking closely with them, as He had with Adam and Eve before sin became a reality. He wants intimacy with us. So He sent Jesus, and by His death and resurrection, our sin was atoned for, and God can now take up residence in the heart of everyone who puts their faith in Him. Are you a temple of the Holy Spirit?
These have been words from the heart.