I WILL DWELL AMONG THEM
The Bible is the story of God.
I’m reading through the book of Exodus. It’s fascinating. The recurring theme that continues jumping out at me is that God desires to be present with his people.
Exodus 25:8 says, ‘Then have them make a sanctuary for me, and I will dwell among them.’ – God.
The book of Exodus, the whole Bible is saturated with this message; God desires to be present with his people.
Fast forward to the New Testament and, speaking of Jesus, John 1:10 says, ‘He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him.’ Hebrews 1:3 tells us, ‘The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word.’ It’s in Jesus that God walks among his people.
In the Old Testament, God does everything he can to dwell among his people. In the Gospels, God walks among his people. Then, to those who receive him, God lives in them by his Spirit. 1 Corinthians 6:19 says, ‘Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God?’
In the Old Testament, God dwells among his people. In the gospels, God walks among his people. In the epistles (New Testament letters) God abides in his people.
Then, just like a bamboo steamer or a good set of Ginsu steak knives, ‘Wait! There’s more!’
When our heart stops beating, our spirit goes to be with God. Jesus says, ‘In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.’ – John 14:2-3
God dwells among his people, walks among his people, abides in his people, and ultimately, brings us into his presence for eternity.
The best part is that we don’t have to be religious to enjoy a relationship with God. We simply have to receive him. John 1:11-12 promises, ‘Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.’
Maybe the best way to start your week is to pray, ‘Jesus, I receive you as my Savior. I believe in you. I trust that you’re telling the truth. You’re the Son of God. Help me to get to know you, to surrender to you and live a life that honors you.’