We’re always trying to make God be like us, aren’t we?
David’s motive to build God a house is pure; he wants to respect and honor his presence. But the last thing the Lord needs is to be boxed in and contained by manmade comforts. He’s not like that. He’s with us, always moving, able to meet us wherever we are, travel with us wherever we go and doesn’t need to kick his feet up on the couch afterwards.
But we can’t help it. We try to make him small. We want to make sense of him. We think he needs us.
“And now I’m telling you this: God himself will build you a house! When your life is complete and you’re buried with your ancestors, then I’ll raise up your child to succeed you, a child from your own body, and I’ll firmly establish his rule. He will build a house to honor me, and I will guarantee his kingdom’s rule forever. I’ll be a father to him, and he’ll be a son to me. I will never remove my gracious love from him as I did from the one who preceded you. I will set him over my house and my kingdom forever; his throne will always be there, rock solid.” 17:10-14
I love this glimpse of Jesus we get in the Lord’s response to David!
How do you try to make God human?
What does it look like to step back and deconstruct your understanding (or misunderstanding) of him?