Today's Reading: Exodus 24-25; Matthew 20:1-16
And let them make Me a sanctuary, that I may dwell among them. Exodus 25:8
Does it matter to you where you live? Are you satisfied with your house or are you hoping for something more, something better? For many of us, our physical dwelling place tends to keep us longing for a something a little nicer. Even if we stay in the same house for a long period of time, we probably have redecorated most of it more than once. As humans, we get bored and want a fresh look at the things around us, especially those things in our homes. As physical structures, our homes deteriorate in the elements and require repairs and fix-ups over time. Regardless of the reasons why, we all must deal with where we dwell. So, what about where God dwells?
Where does God dwell? The verse above tells us that God had a place made just so He could dwell with the people. But this place was no ordinary dwelling; it was a holy place, a sanctuary where the people could enter into the presence of the Lord. This sanctuary was built to the finest detail using the best of precious metals and stones. As the Israelites transported this mobile dwelling place throughout their travels in the desert, they never needed to upgrade, redecorate, or fix-up…even after 40 years! The presence of the Lord kept all things restored, refreshed and renewed.
But were the Israelites completely satisfied with the things given to them by God? It is hard to imagine how these people could have been anything but eternally grateful and in awe of the Lord’s miraculous power in their lives. But, the Bible tells us that they were stiff-necked and complaining. What about us? Are we satisfied with the things given to us by God? Even more so, what about the promise we have that His Holy Spirit lives within us? John 1:14 says that the Word became flesh and tabernacled (dwelt) among us. Jesus came to earth to dwell with us. He left us with His Holy Spirit who dwells within us today. Paul tells us in First Corinthians 6:19 that our bodies are the “temple” of the Holy Spirit, so we are now God’s dwelling place, for those who have accepted Jesus as Savior.
We should be very thankful that the Lord does not get bored with His temples, or His dwelling places, today. What if He was dissatisfied to the point of looking for something better? He is God and He has every right to want more, to want the best. And thankfully, for us, that something better is just what He has in store for us, not here but in heaven. Jesus promised that He would go and prepare a place for us (John 14:2). The key for us: get our eyes off our earthly houses and fix them upon Jesus, our eternal home with Him.