“‘Who of you is left who saw this house in its former glory? How does it look to you now? Does it not seem to you like nothing? But now be strong…For I am with you…my Spirit remains among you. Do not fear.’”
I’ve often wondered when exactly the “good old days” happen. Because it seems as if times are always hard, and then a few years later those same hard times suddenly become the “good old days.”
But here’s the problem. When we dwell on past glory, we are not satisfied with the present. Which is probably why our good days are always old and never current.
Judah longed for their good old days. After seventy years in exile, they returned to their old land to rebuild. But after a month of construction on the temple, work ground to a halt.
The framework of the new temple paled in comparison to their memory of the old temple. Old-timers remembered how things used to be, and they doubted that this new temple would measure up.
They asked the question, can God live in such a meager dwelling? And God was quick to answer. Yes! “I am with you…my Spirit remains among you. Do not fear.’” God assured His people that His presence could not be dictated by outward appearance. In other words, no matter what it looked like…He would be in it.
Today, we are the temples of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19). Regardless of how unworthy we feel; based on what we have said or done; the Spirit of God dwells in us.
So let’s forget about the past. Let’s forget about how holy (or not so holy) we have been. And let’s focus on how God’s presence is apparent in our lives today.
Dear God, sometimes I look for Your presence only in beautiful sanctuaries. I forget that I too am Your temple! Help me to display Your glorious presence, by the way I live my life today. In Jesus’ name, Amen.