A few years ago, while I was living in Texas, my wife and I from one unit to another in the same apartment complex. When we initially moved into those apartments we wanted a downstairs double-bedroom, but they only had upstairs units available. After a year of living upstairs, a downstairs unit opened up and we jumped on the opportunity to move.
Having moved several times before then (a few times in Oklahoma, Oklahoma to Colorado, Colorado to Oklahoma until finally settling in Texas), I assumed that a short move within our complex would be a breeze...I was dead wrong. Because the move was so close, we didn't stress packing as much and, as a result, our move consisted of a million little trips back and forth between the two apartments instead of the few big trips a move would normally consist of. Needless to say, it was quite a relief when we were finally finished with the move and had a new place to call our own.
I imagine Israel had a lot of the same stress in their moving around following their Egyptian freedom. The constant moving had to be exhausting both mentally and physically. Surely they thought "when are we finally going to settle down?" In today's devotional reading (Ex. 40:1-38) Israel is given some security. It is in this section that God instructs Moses on how to build the tabernacle, a.k.a. God's dwelling place in Israel. After the tent is erected we read these words from Moses:
"Then the cloud covered the tent of meeting, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. And Moses was not able to enter the tent of meeting because the cloud settled on it, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. Throughout all their journeys, whenever the cloud was taken up from over the tabernacle, the people of Israel would set out. But if the cloud was not taken up, then they did not set out till the day that it was taken up. For the cloud of the Lord was on the tabernacle by day, and fire was in it by night, in the sight of all the house of Israel throughout all their journeys."
Though Israel was still going to need to pack up their homes and travel from time to time, they had the comfort and security of knowing that their God wasn't going to go anywhere. As Christians, we are given the same security in our God (Rom. 8:37-39; 1 John 4:15). No matter where we go, we take Jesus with us. Be confident church, God goes with you!
Think about the comfort and joy you feel at home. Do you feel that same comfort and joy knowing that Jesus finds a home in you? Why or why not?
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