Today’s Scripture Reading: Numbers 34:1 through Numbers 36:13
You must not defile the land where you live, for I live there myself. I am the Lord, who lives among the people of Israel. –Numbers 35:34
I know the Lord was addressing murderers in the above scripture, but I had three thoughts as I read this.
- Murder pollutes the land (verse 33b) In our world there are so many senseless deaths, especially of the unborn. Are we seeing the results of a defiled land polluted by death?
- God lives here Do we really get it? He lives in our world, our country, our region, our state, our city, our neighborhood, our house. We live in the same space as the God of the Universe!
- God lives in me Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself. –1 Corinthians 6:19
Jesus, help us and show us how to pray and do all be we can to protect the holiness of human life because You live here. Lord, forgive me for the times I’ve forgotten that you were here. You hear everything I say, know everything I think, and see everything I do and don’t do. Holy Spirit, make that real to me today! Father God, remind me today that YOU, live in my physical body and it doesn’t belong to me. Holy Spirit, show me how to honor You through my body. Teach me how to take care of your temple. Jesus, help me to remember that it’s not about what the temple looks like but who lives in the temple. Holy Spirit, may it be a place where You are happy to dwell…
Let’s read this a second time but out loud, and this time insert your name at the beginning:
Dianne, You must not defile the land where you live, for I live there myself. I am the Lord, who lives among the people of Israel. –Numbers 35:34
Holy Spirit, You are welcome in this place!
©2012, Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Deuteronomy 1:1 through Deuteronomy 3:20