DayBreaks for 12/08/15: God’s Eternal Journey
I suppose you could say that it started before the foundation of the world, when God decided to make people in his own image. He then walked in the garden with Adam and Eve, although it appears that He withdrew from them from time to time – at least, that seems to have been the perception of the garden-dwellers.
Thousands of years pass and God called a people for His own out of the slave-filled mud pits of Egypt. And during that time, God was with His people as a pillar of cloud and pillar of fire. His Presence dwelt in the tabernacle, but that Presence wasn’t to be visited by the ordinary man or woman – but only by the high priest and only once a year. The Psalmist would later write about how God was near to those who were broken-hearted and who feared His name – but no one could see Him or feel Him. God was getting closer to His creation during this period of time, but it wasn’t close enough for Him.
And so, on a night in Palestine about 2000 years ago, He got closer. He wasn’t content to just move among them like a cloud or roaring pillar of fire, He wanted to be seen and touched and present in a way that He’d never been before in history. So, He became one of us – a human. And, as John put it: We beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten Son of God. People, for the first time in history, could touch God. But only those who were close enough could do that. And so, it still wasn’t close enough for God. He couldn’t stand the distance that continued to separate us. He had to do something further, something even more dramatic than becoming human.
It happened on Pentecost and has been happening ever since. God came, not just as Immanuel (God-With-Us), but as God-Within-Us. Now, because He is in us, we can hear Him, we can sense His presence and have access to His mind and thoughts. Have this mind in you, which was also in Christ Jesus… And God saw that it was good. Through the indwelling of the His Spirit in us, God was available not only to those in close physical proximity to Jesus, but to all of us – anywhere in the world – once we call upon His name.
Isn’t it great to know that God wouldn’t settle for “close enough?” From before the beginning of the world, He began to approach us – and He’ll continue to stand at the door of our hearts, knocking, until we finally get to experience His Presence fully and completely. As much as He wants to be with you – does your heart desire that same Presence?
TODAY’S PRAYER: Father, I’m so grateful that you have never given up on us. That you have kept pursuing us from the halls of heaven. Thank you for the Spirit through which we can all experience Your wondrous Presence within us. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2015 by Galen C. Dalrymple.