“Then I will dwell among the Israelites and be their God. They will know that I am the LORD their God, who brought them out of Egypt so that I might dwell among them.”Exodus 29:45-46
Similarly, the Israelites lived in makeshift tents in the desert as they traveled to the Promised Land. Isn’t it amazing that God would voluntarily live in a portable tent too, just to be near His nomadic people? God identified with them as they experienced transition, uncertainty, instability, and a longing for home.
When Jesus came, John described it like this: “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling [literally, “tabernacled”] among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14).
As we await Jesus’ humble arrival this season, remember why He came: to draw close to His people in love and bring them home.
Meditate on how Jesus’ presence with you changes how you go through transitions, especially the difficult ones.
Bible In A Year
- Hosea 9-11
- Proverbs 14
- 1 Peter 2-3