You had to care for it like it was your baby.
Reference: “The priests then brought the ark of the Lord’s covenant to its place in the inner sanctuary of the temple, the Most Holy Place, and put it beneath the wings of the cherubim.” 1 Kings 8:6 NIV
Explore: A number of people my age remember a special project from school. Every member of the class was given a chicken’s egg. And you had to care for it like it was your baby.
Everywhere you went, your egg baby went too. You had to make sure it was clothed appropriately, slept well, ate well, was changed regularly and had good babysitting when you were busy.
Those who took the assignment very seriously were very careful with their precious egg baby. They made special baskets to carry their egg baby in and put aside their normal schedules to make sure the egg was safe.
Others, on the other hand, were a little more carefree… and unfortunately the egg didn’t always end up in one piece by the end of the assignment period! It was a small window into what it would take to truly care for something precious.
Application: When Solomon had constructed the new temple of the Lord he brought the Ark of the Covenant into the inner sanctuary. This new temple was incredibly grand, but the ark was to be placed in the most special place of the entire dwelling.
It is no surprise that Solomon would place the visual presence of God in such a special place and it made me think of where I currently place God in my life. Do I put Him in the most precious part of my being or do I keep Him on the outer, only bringing Him in to the middle of my life when I really need him.
We no longer have the Ark of the Covenant, but we all have the ability to access God at any time. It’s a good time to think where we place Him in our lives and whether we have been like Solomon and positioned God in our most important place.
Prayer: You are King of kings and Lord of lords. May people know how important You are in our lives by the priority we place on connecting to You. Amen.
Where have you placed God? In the center of your life or further out on the periphery?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.