Friday, October 14, 2005

Searching for the Joy - 27

1Ki 8:66 - "And on the eighth day he sent the people away, and, blessing the king, they went to their tents full of joy and glad in their hearts, because of all the good which the Lord had done to David his servant and to Israel his people."

God showed up.
The temple had just been completed and as the ark of the covenant was put in its place and just as the priests came out the house was filled with the glory of God. It was so intense that no one could go back in. The people were happy that God had blessed them in this way.

We pray for revival in our church quite a bit. It would be so cool if God chose to show up like that again. And yet this revival in Israel didn’t last. In only one generation they would split the kingdom and begin a downward spiral that would end with them back in slavery from where Moses led them. The real trick is to be faithful and full of joy when there is no evidence at all that He is there.

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