In my personal devotion reading this past week, I found something that I had never really noticed before. In 2 Chronicles 7, I read that Solomon had completed construction of the Temple and is dedicating it. Those of you who have been following my blog know of the struggle to lose weight and the importance of my body being a temple of the Holy Spirit as Paul stated in 1 Corinthians 3:16.
The Temple was known as the resting place of God’s presence. And as I strive to bring my “temple” under His authority, I realized that the power and comfort the Temple brought to the nation of Israel is just as accessible for me today! I was struck by the verses I quoted to open this blog because in these Scripture, I am reassured that He is consecrating this “temple”, His eyes and ears are open to the prayers I offer Him, and His eyes and heart are always with me. Therefore, I am never abandoned, I am never alone, nor am I a hopeless case when it comes to my weight!
As a matter of fact, I have lost two sizes since January! But thankfully the size of my “temple” does not determine His presence, nor does my behavior. His presence is determined by His consecration of me. According to Dictionary.com, ‘consecration’ means “to make or declare sacred or holy.” He’s doing the work. My job is to join Him in the work He’s doing. Meanwhile, I am enjoying the fruits of His presence and His labors!