Divinity in Close Quarters
The thought of God “dwelling with” people was a pretty amazing concept, not only for the Israelites, but for all mankind. “God living with people” . . . think about it . . . Divinity in close quarters with humanity.
God with man—Immanuel. What an amazing thought!
No one had experienced this kind of personal access to God since the garden.
He gave Moses detailed instructions with this promise:
Holy God set up a religious system of worship where unholy man could approach Him.
His presence abided with His people for centuries, but even with God dwelling “in close quarters” with His people, they still turned from Him. When His people were living in idolatry and rebellion, God mercifully sent prophets to warn them to turn their hearts back to Him, but His people continued to go their own way, to ignore and even reject the prophets’ call for repentance.
Finally judgment came. The glory of God departed. God was leaving.
But before removing His presence from the temple, He left the faithful remnant with this promise:
I am so thankful that when He left the temple, God didn’t totally write us off. God removed His manifest presence from the physical structure of the temple. But He left the promise of a future restoration and a new covenant. He would return to dwell with man, but it would no longer be in a temple of wood and stone. No, He would return in a fleshly tabernacle.
He would return as the God-Man to provide the new and living way for man to have access to Him.
We are celebrating that event. I hope you know that God desires to dwell with you. I hope you experience that daily. Today consider what He’s done that you could know Him.
Why don’t you take a few moments now to thank Him?read more
Welcome! I’m glad you’re spending a few moments with me here. It is astounding to think that in this small corner of the blogger world, women from across the globe can experience the adventure of growing together in Christ. I never planned to grow up and be a blogger but writing blogs allows me to disciple more women than I would ever have opportunity to actually meet.
My reason for writing is that I have to. This driving impulse to communicate God’s reality and goodness to others is like a burning fire. Because of who He is, the desire for others to know and love Him consumes me. He is my passion and I don’t want to waste a single day, but cram each moment full of living all out for His glory. I long for the day when all will know that He alone is God.
Kimberly Wagner is married to her favorite pastor, LeRoy Wagner. Their children include Caleb and his wife Lindsey; Rachel and her husband Adam, and their daughter Teagan.
Kim’s passion is Christ, and she desires to ignite women’s pursuit of God’s glory. She is a frequent guest on the Revive Our Hearts radio program, as well as a regular contributor to the True Woman blog and the Beyond BathTime blog. Kim has written several devotionals and resource materials for women and loves encouraging women to become students of the Word.
A dream was realized when I attended the first True Woman Conference in 2008. I’ll never forget looking around at thousands of women, freely worshipping God together, embracing their calling as women, and thinking, He’s doing it, He is birthing this movement!
In the late 1990s my friend, Nancy Leigh DeMoss, gave me two books that made a significant impact on my life. True Woman by Susan Hunt and The Feminist Gospel (later revised and entitled The Feminist Mistake) by Mary Kassian. My eyes were opened to how the feminist philosophy has permeated our culture and what a loss we’ve experienced as a result.Read more