Today's reading: Ezekiel 45-48
The circumference of the city shall be eighteen thousand cubits. And the name of the city from that time on shall be, The Lord is There. Ezekiel 48: 35 NRSV
Where is God?
In your heart?
In every creature on earth?
In the planet?
For the Hebrew people, God was in the Holy of Holies in Jerusalem. When the city and temple were destroyed, God's presence was taken away from them, even as the people were sent into exile.
But God wanted to bring them back and rebuild. God wasn't just concerned about the circumference. God wanted to re-establish a relationship with God's people. So God declares that from the time of its reconstruction, the whole city will be called "The Lord is There."
How is your relationship with God right now? Do you think it could be closer? What would it take for your relationship with God to be so strong that you can say without a doubt, "God is here!"?
God, we all could strengthen our relationship with you. Reveal to us what it would take for that to happen and may we all be drawn closer to you. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Copyright 2010 Amelia G. Sims