At times, it is very difficult to know how to begin our weekly “Matter of Faith” article. And sometimes it’s actually a bit exhausting. Perhaps because on occasion it is hard to believe what we cannot see! Our Lord knows that!
What a gift to the people of old He chose to make when He made His presence known. He was visible and local. Today we are able to learn of this by studying and reading what is called the Old Testament, where we are told how our God appeared in various ways to His chosen people, in a burning bush, in a pillar of fire by night and a cloud by day. And how He appeared as a bright burning light that moved into what became for many years the most Holy place of the “tabernacle” (tent), and then into where He later stayed for years in the temple at Jerusalem.
We know from the Old Testament that God let the people He chose to call “Israel” know that the One Who created and filled the universe had chosen to establish His presence among them. Read Exodus 29:42-43: “For the generations to come this burnt offering is to be made regularly at the entrance to the Tent of Meeting before the Lord. There I will meet you and speak to you; there also I will meet with the Israelites, and the place will be consecrated by my glory.”
What a great comfort for the people to have the Lord’s presence right among them. What encouragement as they navigated through the hardship of the desert to their national existence in what we call the Holy Land.
Shifting gears to 2014, do the stories of the visible glory of the Lord make us wish for those good old days? Are you struggling as you move forward in faith without any outward, visible signs of the Lord’s presence among us? Do you wish for evidence for God’s existence and especially His love? Do you like to sing that song “Lord, show me your glory?”
Dear reader, as believers in the Lord Jesus, you have been honored by your God to be designated as a living temple for Him. When you were brought to faith, the Holy Spirit came to live within you. This is where He stays and this is where He makes His presence known in your life. It may be hard to see Him sometimes but He is all around. He’s so close to you it may be difficult to recognize him. And you don’t have to make some pilgrimage to the old temple (Dome of the Rock) in Jerusalem to see where He dwelt. Actually you are God’s temple. Please read 1 Peter 2: 4-5: “As you come to Him, the living stone rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to Him, you also like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.”