The Presence of God

Advent-Logo“. . . the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle”             (Exodus 40:35b).

 Have you ever experienced the glory of the Lord?  I wonder how different this event was from the experiences of others when they were literally in the presence of the Lord?  Compare this thought with the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost.  There were then actual physical manifestations in the form of tongues of fire that came and rested on the disciples.  In the case of the event recorded in Exodus, and apparently each evening during the 40 years of wandering in the wilderness, there was a cloud that covered the Tent of Meeting and the glory of the Lord was in the Tabernacle.

I have seen the presence of the Lord in various situations and locations over the years and have recognized that God was there in His power.  Perhaps the first time was while I was a student at Houghton College in western New York State and I recognized the presence of the Holy Spirit during revival meetings at the Houghton Wesleyan Methodist Church.  The Spirit of the Lord was so real you could sense His presence and see it in the faces and actions of the people around you.  That was when I yielded my life to the Holy Spirit and experienced his cleansing and power for the first time.  Other times have been during camp meetings when it appeared as if the Spirit was a wind that blew through the tabernacle and you could see the heads bow as the Spirit went row by row from the back to the front of the tabernacle and eventually also reached the platform and affected also those leading us in worship. What marvelous times of worship these were.

In our scripture for today, God’s presence was so real, so palpable, that He filled the tabernacle. Even Moses could not enter until the cloud lifted. Read Exodus 40:35-38 and let God’s presence impact you as it did those Israelites back then.  It is all the more remarkable that Paul says our bodies are a temple and God’s Spirit lives in us (1 Corinthians 3:16). That is awesome!  If God’s Spirit lives in us and we are His temples then that means the glory of God is contained within our very beings.  How does or should this impact you?  The Israelites in the wilderness could not travel until the cloud lifted thus showing it was time to move on.  How often do we step out too soon and try to lead the Holy Spirit instead of being led by Him?

Prayer: Dear God of the universe, come and fill my life anew with Your presence.

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