Acts 7:30-50

Today’s devotional was written by Mark Mitchell.

Acts 7:48-49 (NIV): “However, the Most High does not live in houses made by human hands.  As the prophet says:  ‘Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool. Where is the house you will build for me?  Where will my resting place be?’ ”

It was in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina as a boy of less than 13 years that I felt overwhelmed by the scale and beauty of God’s creation as I stood and looked out from atop Shining Rock.  And through a multi-media museum presentation entitled “the Cradle of Forestry” a sense of stewardship was conferred upon me with regard to this vast section of the Blue Ridge Mountains known as the Pisgah National Forest.

Stephen, quoted above, reminds us of the Prophet’s (Solomon’s) realization that God cannot be localized in a temple built by human hands no matter how grand and beautiful.  All creation is the temple that God himself made.  God desires to live among his human partners and rule the world through them.

The scale and beauty of what God has done in my life overwhelms me at times.  A landscape of believers stretching farther and wider than the those mountains have helped form my partnership with God.  These believers have conferred upon me a sense of stewardship with regard to this partnership with God and the temple we share.

God is with us! 

What does your partnership with God look like today?  

Within the walls of that temple built by human hands and beyond, with whom have you discussed, described, and/or shared this partnership?

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