But will God indeed dwell on the earth? Behold, heaven and the highest heaven cannot contain you; how much less this house that I have built!(1 Kings 8:27, ESV)
Solomon is standing before God to dedicate the “house” of the Lord. Look at a key attribute of God that this verse emphasizes. Our God is uncontainable. He will not be contained in or limited to anything built by human hands, including the boxes we create for him. He is God. He is grand. He is amazing! Even Heaven and the highest heavens cannot contain him because he is God!
Read these additional verses that describe vividly how God cannot be contained:
Have you not known? Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. (Isaiah 40:28, ESV)
Great is our Lord, and abundant in power;
his understanding is beyond measure.(Psalm 147:5, ESV)
When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars, which you have set in place,
what is man that you are mindful of him,
and the son of man that you care for him?(Psalm 8:3-4, ESV)
We often want to place God in a little religious box—to limit God to a space, an idea, or a process. God is uncontainable, unlimited. God is majestic and great. He is above; we are below. He is bigger than any relational problem we have.
The first two verses above make it clear that God does not faint and his understanding is beyond measuring. You may feel like he has given up on you. He has not! He is powerful, and he cares for you. He is the everlasting God, your Creator.
Lord, help me with my doubts. I thank you for being everlasting, uncontainable, and my Creator. I place my trust in you…. (Continue praying.)