God’s desire is to dwell with His people. In fact, that is literally what the word tabernacle means—God’s dwelling place. When Moses completed the tabernacle according to God’s commands, it was God’s pleasure to fill it with His glory. Night and day He reminded the people of Israel that He was with them and leading them. God intentionally placed the tabernacle in the center of the camp (Numbers 2:2). Therefore, all the people could stand at the entrance of their tents and clearly see the presence of God and have equal access to Him.
Today, because of Christ, God’s Holy Spirit lives inside of believers. Our bodies are called temples of His Spirit (1 Corinthians 3:16, 6:19). When we trust in the sacrifice that Jesus made, His presence fills us and confirms that decision (Ephesians 1:13), and God’s purpose is to dwell with His church (Ephesians 2:22). Don’t ever forget that your heavenly Father loves you and wants to embrace you. He is always there inviting you back and reminding you of His faithful commitment to you.
Each morning as you wake up, you can meet with the presence of God! Throughout your day, you can listen for the Holy Spirit to lead you. When you lie back down, you can look to the grace of Christ for rest. God has given you direct access through Christ, and He longs to be close to you. Be careful not to overlook the significance of what God has done for you. Take advantage of that special relationship. Draw close to Him today, and He will dwell with you (James 4:8).