No one likes dealing with problems. In fact, we usually avoid problems like the plague! Several days ago I was reading 1 Kings 8 and encountered a problem that I believe most of us would love to have.
1 Kings 8 details the arrival and placement of the Ark of the Covenant in the temple. This is a great time of celebration for the nation of Israel and Solomon is elated to complete what his father had begun. Once the ark is placed in the Most Holy place in the temple something amazing happens:
And when the priests came out of the Holy Place, a cloud filled the house of the Lord, so that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud, for the glory of the Lord filled the house of the Lord (1 Kings 8:10-11).
God’s glory filled the temple to the point that the priests could no longer minister. What if we had that same “problem” today in the church? Imagine not being able to have church (singing, preaching, giving, etc.) because the glory of God was so consuming that all we could do was sit in His presence.
It is very possible to get so caught up in religious activity that we miss basking in the presence of the Lord. May we echo with our very lives the words of Psalm 140:13, “Surely the righteous shall give thanks to your name; the upright shall dwell in your presence.”