“But will God really dwell on earth? The heavens, even the highest heaven, cannot contain you. How much less this temple I have built! “ (Reference:1 Kings 8:27 )
Solomon, in the passage this verse is taken from, is celebrating and dedicating the House of the Lord that he built for the people to worship from and a monument/commemoration of the God had done for the chose people. And in a way, Solomon is right, the Lord is too large to be confined to anyone space. But on the other hand God, through the Spirit, dwells amongst us, in each of us and in the corporate body of the faithful. God inhabits and dwells where the Divine wishes.
This not wisdom from a historic Anabaptist, but wisdom from an old Anabaptist/Mennonite – me. Jacob van den Wege, an historic Anabaptist, wrote, “I believe and confess one only, eternal, Almighty God the Father, of whom are all things. Him I confess to be a living God, who created and made heaven, earth, the sea, and all that in them is, even as both the Old and New Testaments highly extol and worship Him in His worthiness; as an invisible and immortal God, a God of gods, a Lord above all lords, a great God, mighty and most terrible, who sits upon His throne, a Lord unto whom there is none like, for He is higher than the heavens, deeper than hell, longer than the earth, and wider than the sea.” I believe the basic tenet and foundations of this also, although I would certainly say it differently.
What we believe of God greatly determines where we believe God dwells. A God that we do not believe is relevant for our daily lives will not live close to us in our daily lives, but will be confined to the church or physical institute where we seek and worship this God. BUT, beloved, I do not believe that to be a true God but a (g)God we have constructed for ourselves. As Solomon (and Jacob van den Wege) said, God is bigger than us and so fills every part of the world that no place is without God. Thus endeth my teaching to you.
I close with the blessing that Solomon asked at the dedication of the House of the Lord and on the people assembled there – “Regard your servant’s prayer and his plea, O Lord my God, heeding the cry and the prayer that your servant prays to you today; that your eyes may be open night and day toward this house, the place of which you said, ‘My name shall be there,’ that you may heed the prayer that your servant prays toward this place. Hear the plea of your servant and of your people Israel when they pray toward this place; O hear in heaven your dwelling place; heed and forgive.” (Verses 28 to 30) Selah!