“The Most High does not dwell in sanctuaries made with hands” (Acts 7:48 HSCB).


Stephen reminded the Jewish rulers that even though God allowed Solomon to build Him a Temple, He had no need for a man-made dwelling. Sinful man always prefers his man-made religion with his man-made gods and man-made temples. Didn’t the Israelites reject Moses and ask his brother, Aaron, to make them “some gods” to lead them? So Aaron fashioned them a golden calf to worship. Stephen accused the Jewish leaders of rejecting Jesus just as their forefathers had rejected Moses.
The same is true today. People prefer their man-made religion. But God is looking for those who will repent of their sins and receive Jesus as Lord and Savior. God doesn’t live in temples made by human hands, but He willingly lives in human hearts that have been changed by the love of Jesus.
PRAYER: Dear Father, we thank You for Jesus. We always want to abide in Him and have Your Spirit dwell in us. We surrender control of our lives to You. For we don’t desire a man-made religion, but a relationship with the living God. In Jesus’ name, amen.