Emmanuel, God With Us!
We had another great day with the Lord at Dogwood Community Church yesterday. Many times our pastor prays at the end of the service: "God dismiss us from this place, but never from you presence. As we face a new week, hopefully this little thought today can make us realize how possible that is.
Leviticus 26:11 "I’ll set up my residence in your neighborhood…I’ll stroll through your streets."
What a promise, think about that for a while.
Now there’s a bit more to Leviticus, but this section is really the grand finale. Chapter 26 is the “blessing and the curse” chapter. Here, God says, “If you do this…then I’ll do that. If you do that…then I’ll do this.” To them, the finest part of the blessing is God’s promise to move into their neighborhood and stroll through their streets with them. This is the Creator promising to be fully engaged with his Creation. They wouldn’t go to visit God down at the Tent of Meeting, and He wouldn’t just make special appearances at big events like the Passover observance. This is the promise of continued fellowship with their Creator in all the affairs of life. It had very simple, uncomplicated conditions.
Amazingly, God wants to walk with us even before we’re aware of him and certainly in spite of the truth that we’re not worthy of such a relationship. What we see promised here is fulfilled to a great extent in Jesus, Emmanuel, God-with-us. This also has very simple and uncomplicated conditions if we are to have that unbroken fellowship with Jesus.
It’s further fulfilled when we receive the fullness of God, the Holy Spirit into our life. This also, has very simple and uncomplicated conditions to be met.
It will be gloriously completed when I experience the last pages of the book of Revelation, and it is all possible because of the Lord Jesus' sacrifice.
"Lord, make yourself at home in my life now, and forever."
God bless and always remember that you are loved!!!
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Henry D. is from Southern Indiana and writes these wonderful daily devotionals to encourage those at the Dogwood Community Church located in Paoli, Indiana. Henry has graciously agreed to share these wonderful devotionals here at Without Excuse Ministries to encourage you our valued guest!