It happened that when the priests came from the holy place, the cloud filled the house of the Lord, so that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud, for the glory of the Lord filled the house of the Lord . – 1 Kings 8:10-11
It was with great effort and celebration that the Israelites ushered in the completion of Solomon’s Temple. The spectacle must have been grand, but at its culmination the ark of the covenant was transported from its former habitation within the mobile tabernacle, placed securely behind the veil in the holy of holies and, as the priests exited, God entered!
The interesting thing to me is what occurred next, which was nothing. Nothing occurred. All work ceased. There was no more music. There was no more ministry. There wasn’t even a hint of activity or movement. God’s glory stopped all that the priests had been doing. The Lord’s tangible and all-encompassing presence left the Temple servants completely immobile and silent.
In all our activity for God, it is possible to miss His presence and, it is in His presence that we must learn to cease our activity. Is it any wonder that God told Moses to be still, in order that he might know the Almighty power of God?
In these times, God’s people must trust Him for rest of body and soul. – David Wilkerson
Dr. David Pope is President and Founder of POPE Initiatives, a non-profit organization committed to providing executive-level management and support services for major global mission efforts.
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