"Thus saith the Lord, `The heaven is My Throne and the earth is My footstool: where is the house that ye build unto me? and where is the place of My rest?'" Isa.66:1
Where is the house that man is building for God?
Is it in the mega-churches that we build? or the edifices and monuments that rival the Tower of Babel?
Is in "successful ministry?" Or is in our own egos of what we think we've done for God?
Where is the house that God requires you to build?
The Bible says that the wise man was one who built his house upon a rock; and when the floods came, and the rains descended and the winds blew, his house fell not because it was founded upon a rock. But the foolish man who built his house upon the sand, when the floods came, and the rains descended and the winds blew, his house fell.
Why? Because it was built upon the sand.
The man who built his house upon the rock was wise-simply because God's word had found rest in his heart.
It is in your heart, beloved, that God seeks rest.
Imagine that. The God of Wonder, who the "heavens of heaven" cannot contain...whose "feet" rests upon the "footstools" of earth...seeks a place of rest-a home, if you will-in your heart.
David looked at his circumstances and his home and said, "The Lord's done so much for me. I want to build Him a house." Nathan, the prophet, who knew that David had favor both in the eyes of man and with God, said, "Do what's in your heart." A little while later, he had to go back and say, "Your son will do it."
Yet David, in his thinking had the right motive, but missed the big picture. God, however, would use his son, Solomon, to build the Temple.
It would be years and years later that the Church would recognize that the Temple was simply a "prophetic picture" of Jesus and us.
Jesus in the heart (resting place) of man.
There is something to be said of a house, when, after you've come back from the marketplace, or work, or just running about, you open the door and there's peace. No striving. Just resting.
Oh, the sweetness of God! To "come home" to Him and know that no matter what your struggles, or what problems or situations you are facing, there is rest-rest for the weary soul.
Like the husband and wife, who is so in love with the other, though they may never speak a word, yet a thousand words have passed. It defies words to describe.
The rest of God. It defies words, yet "deep calleth unto the deep at the noise of thy waterspouts"-my spirit speaking to His Spirit.
Beloved, it's simply a love relationship that takes your breath away.