“Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place. I have chosen and consecrated this temple so that My Name may be there forever. My eyes and My heart will always be there.” 2Chronicles 7:15-16 Solomon’s temple was am amazing structure of stone and wood and gold, lots of gold. Surely it was a wonder to behold! In the eyes of men, it ws spectacular, beyond anything anyone had ever seen. God, Himself, chose to keep His eyes open and His ears attentive to all the prayers prayed in this man-made structure, because His heart was for His chosen people. Of course, God does not live in a temple made with hands, but this temple was special. God’s favor rested on Israel at this point in history. God was well pleased with His people and King Solomon was a godly man, full of zeal for the Lord. God herd from heaven and promised that His presence would always abide with His people. Now we know that Solomon became disobedient and sinned against God. He had been promised that his throne would be established over Israel forever if he did as the Lord commanded and observed the Lord’s decrees and laws. (1Kings 9:4-5). And Solomon’s temple would have endured but it didn’t. Because of sin, that spectacular building was destroyed but God’s presence was not destroyed with it. God’s eyes and His heart have always been with His people. That didn’t change. Jesus assured the woman at the well that “God is a Spirit and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth.” (John 4:24 KJV). Jesus also assured His followers (and us) that He would ask the Father to give us another Counselor to be with us forever, the Spirit of Truth. “…you know Him, for He lives with you and will be in you.” (John 4:16-17). God’s resting place is now in His people, those who have come to Him through His Son, Jesus. The Lord has no need of a man-made resting place because His ome is within us. We are now the temple of God, His house! “But Christ is faithful as a Son over God’s house. And we are His house, if we hold on to the courage and the hope of which we boast.” (Heb. 3:6). “Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him; for God’s temple is sacred and you are that temple.” (1Cor. 3:16-17). As the Lord promised Solomon, all those years ago, His eyes are open and His ears are attentive to all the prayers we offer. He has chosen us and consecrated us, and we bear His name. His eyes and His heart are always here with us. We are the temple of the Lord!