After Solomon dedicates the temple in second chronicle 7, we see God approaching Solomon to confirm He heard His prayer. The promise given to the King had a more far-reaching purpose than just for that time or occasion.
2 Chronicles 7:15-16
Now my eyes will be open, and my ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place. I have chosen and consecrated this temple so that my name may be there forever. My eyes and my heart will always be there.
When Jesus came, He wept over the temple, proclaiming its desolation. In its stead, He announced that we had become the temple where His Spirit dwells.
1 Corinthians 6:19
19 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God?
The temple made of stone now becomes made of flesh. The precious commodity we carry is God Himself. He says, “I have chosen and consecrated you the temple where I dwell so My name may be there forever, My eyes and My heart will always be there.” This beautiful promise is now yours and mine.
When that realization hit me, it brought me to tears. What a marvelous Savior we have, and what kind of God is it that wants to live His life through me?