“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
A dear friend showed me a photo of the sheet partitions in her room at the refugee home. Two other families had moved in with them, and this was the only way to get privacy. “But we still hear and smell everything. Living together is difficult. I can’t wait to have my own apartment!” This is a reality for many refugees worldwide.
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