“Then a cloud covered the tent of the congregation, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle. And Moses was not able to enter into the tent of the congregation, because the cloud abode thereon, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle. And when the cloud was taken up from over the tabernacle, the children of Israel went onward in all their journeys: But if the cloud were not taken up, then they journeyed not till the day that it was taken up. For the cloud of the LORD was upon the tabernacle by day, and fire was on it by night, in the sight of all the house of Israel, throughout all their journeys” Exodus 40:34-38
What a glorious thing it is to walk to walk with God and feel His presence in everything you do. On the flipside, the agony of not feeling His presence is indescribable. I think of David who sought out God but could not seem to feel His presence even though He was all around. Psalm 77:2 states, “In the day of my trouble I sought the Lord: my sore ran (my hand was stretched out) in the night, and ceased not: my soul refused to be comforted.” Our Lord and Savior even proclaimed in Matthew 27:46, “And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is to say, “My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?”
Sin is the barrier that keeps us from God, as God cannot tolerate sin. Sin is not taken lightly by God, even though it is often taken lightly by us. We live in a society that desires everyone be accepting of others no matter the lifestyle. God's Word has not changed, even though society continues to change to look more and more like the prince of this world. Sadly, an ungodly lifestyle is not relegated to those outside of the faith, but it has crept in through the front door of the church. Pastors have adopted the world's philosophy and what tickles the ears of the parishioners as opposed to what the Lord says in His Word.
Matthew 6:24 states, “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon (material wealth).” We get away from the presence of God when we desire to have one foot in the world and one foot in Christianity. God tells us we must choose whether we will serve God or whether we will serve this world. Joshua drew the line in the sand when he gave a charge to the children of Israel, and that line in the sand has not changed. Joshua 24:15 states, “And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” I have struggled with this myself as I sought to have God’s presence and power in my life while attempting to juggle both the world and Christianity. The thought of such is almost as ridiculous as bringing home a girlfriend and expecting my wife to be okay with it. I doubt I would survive past the initial introduction, but yet, I attempt to do it with my God.
The LORD filled the temple and walked with the children of Israel because they were obedient and did all that God had commanded them to do. In obedience they followed Him, and He led them with a cloud by day and fire by night. They did not move until He moved them, and they walked with Him and worshipped Him. God will fill your life if you will obediently follow Him. He will be found if we seek Him, and we can walk with Him if we will do what He commands us to do.
Where are you today friend? Do you try to live with one foot in the world and wonder why you don’t feel the presence and power of God? Do you walk in obedience to Him or do you go your own way? We do not let him fill our life if we fill it other things. Jeremiah 29:13 states, “And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.” Will you search for Him with all of your heart? May we obey Him in all that we do, and may we do great things in His name and in His power. Will He fill your life or will you try to fill your life with that which never satisfies? God's presence is all we need, and may we desire that more than the things of this world.
Stay in the fight!