Ron Sawka Ministries
October 19, 2022; Tishrei 24, 5783
“And the Lord said to him: ‘I have heard your prayer and your supplication that you have made before Me; I have consecrated this house which you have built to put My name there forever, and My eyes and My heart will be there perpetually’” (1 Kings 9:3).
“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me” (Rev. 3:20).
God’s Glory Filling Our Homes and Lives—Just as He Did for Solomon!
God really wants to dwell with us all the time! I feel the Lord has worked some profound changes in many of us during this past week of the Feast of Tabernacles. The message God wanted for His people back then—and still wants for us now—is that He wants to “tabernacle” or dwell with us in our daily lives. He wanted His people to know that yes, He was with them during the hardship of the wilderness. He provided for them, led them, and protected them. But He didn’t want their relationship to only be of them seeking Him in hard times. He wanted to be their friend and always wanted a place in their dwellings. The Feast of Tabernacles was intended to give them that mindset.
It’s His same message to us today: “Yes, I am your savior and deliverer, but I also want to be your friend.” The more we let Him into our daily lives—the more we let Him be our friend—the better everything is for us. Yet often we don’t do this. It’s why Revelation 3:20 is so poignant: “Behold, I stand at the door and knock.” It shouldn’t be that our Lord and Savior has to be kept waiting on the outside of our daily lives—asking for admission—asking for a time of friendship. Often Christians say how much they want to be in the Lord’s presence, which of course is a good thing. However, the bigger truth is how much the Lord Himself wants to be in my presence—to dwell with me in my house.
God’s glory comes when we consecrate ourselves and our homes! There is another huge truth that has been strongly impacting me these past few days, and it’s about what happens when we consecrate ourselves and our homes to the Lord. King Solomon had constructed the temple, and in 1 Kings 8 we have the account of the dedication service. Solomon himself offered the prayer of consecration. The result was amazing. We read, “When Solomon had finished praying, fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering … and the glory of the Lord filled the temple” (2 Chron. 7:1).
He hears every prayer because His eyes and heart are perpetually on us! Some time later, the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream a second time and reminded him, “I have heard your prayer and supplication” (1 Kings 9:3). Solomon had requested God to “put [His] name there forever and [that His] eyes and [His] heart will perpetually be there” (1 Kings 9:3).
He didn’t want Solomon to forget. He wanted Solomon to know that every prayer he (or others prayed) He, the Lord, would hear and would respond to. What a powerful thing. A few generations later, Elijah based his prayer on that and asked for no rain for 3 1/2 years to bring the nation back to the Lord (1 Kings 17–18).
Because Solomon had dedicated his “house”—the temple—to the Lord, God’s presence had come in. God was assuring him that each prayer would be heard.
This connects to the Feast of Tabernacles. God wants us to dedicate our homes, our lives, and our ministries/businesses to Him. When we do, His presence comes in, just as the glory cloud filled the temple. Not only that, but God’s heart is upon us and His eyes are on us. He hears our prayers.
I feel the message to all of us today is similar to what the Lord told Solomon: “I have heard your prayer. You have dedicated yourself and your home to me. Indeed my glory has come in and is dwelling there. When you pray, I do hear, because My heart is fixed on it and on you. My eyes are on your home and on you” (paraphrased).
If you haven’t done so already, dedicate yourself and your home to the Lord. His glory will come and fill. You will find yourself praying boldly and confidently.
Thanks for praying.
Ron and Teddy
Tishrei—The Seventh Hebrew Month and Beginning of the New Year 5783
Tishrei runs from September 26 to October 25. September 26 is called Rosh Hashanah, which means “head of the year.”
Note the three feasts/special days this month: Blowing of Trumpets, the Day of Atonement, and the Feast of Tabernacles. Blowing of Trumpets (or shofars)—a daylong event on Tishrei 1 (Sept. 26)—heralds the new year. The Day of Atonement on Tishrei 10 (Oct. 5) is the one day when all the people were enjoined to fast. Then, we enter the Feast of Tabernacles from Tishrei 15–21 (Oct. 10–16). This feast, which emphasizes living each day in the presence of the Lord, is greatly connected to the pouring out of the Holy Spirit. The more we walk with Him in our daily lives, the more He pours the water of the Holy Spirit over us. (See John 7:37–39; Zech. 14:16–18.)
Also note that the new year is a new beginning that the Lord has been preparing us for during the previous six months. When the Lord set His people free from Egypt, He introduced the “cycle of redemption,” and Nissan became the first month (Exod. 12:1). Every year we go through Passover then Pentecost as a kind of a preparation to help us be ready for the new year, which begins in the seventh month. Each year is a new beginning of walking with the Lord, but on a higher level than the year prior. More information on Tishrei may be found here.
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