June 3, 2022

Love for God’s House

Daily Devotional2 Minutes

“I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.” – Luke 11:9-11

Born in London in 1827, William Hunt wanted to revitalize art. His paintings were notable for their attention to detail, color, and symbolism, particularly when applied to religious subjects. In a quest for historical accuracy, Hunt traveled to the Holy Land, where he built a house. He sought to learn about the land where Jesus lived and the people who lived there.

He applied these principles in his 1860 painting The Finding of the Savior in the Temple. Here, Hunt captured the moment Mary and Joseph found Jesus in dialogue with religious leaders. He had been separated from them. They found Him in the temple. Jesus explained, “Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?” (v. 49). That was His priority.

In the painting, a group gathered around Jesus, listening to Him. Hunt depicted the contrasting ways people responded. As the Bible reports, “All who heard Him were astonished at His understanding and answers” (v. 47).

This story and Hunt’s painting remind us how much Jesus loved being in the temple and how precious His Father’s house was to Him. Hunt would want us to ponder this story, not just to observe, like the people in his painting. We should listen to Jesus’ teachings, fellowship with Him, and ask Him questions.

Today, renew your love for God. Ask Him to give you a passion for His Word and fellowship with Him.

 

Reflection Question: What’s one thing you wish you knew more about in the Bible?

Prayer
Father, give me a greater love for Your house and a hunger to learn more of Your Word. Teach me. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Today's Bible Reading
Luke 2

Prayer
Father, give me a greater love for Your house and a hunger to learn more of Your Word. Teach me. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Today's Bible Reading
Luke 2