God wants to meet with me

Feelings do not dictate God’s presence. God’s promise does.

God may feel far away. Darkness may cover my sight, and sin or trial may cause me to wonder where God is in the midst of the mess. My senses can deceive me when I cry out for God to answer, but silence follows.

Just as God’s love is not determined by my goodness, God’s presence is not hinged upon my sight, or even the strength of my faith.

God is with me because He chooses to be, because He promised He would be.

When God set the Israelites apart, He gave instructions to Moses to make a special place for Him to dwell and meet with His people.

I will meet with you there above the mercy seat, between the two cherubim that are over the ark of the testimony; I will speak with you from there about all that I command you regarding the Israelites.
– ‭Exodus‬ ‭25‬:‭22

Put the mercy seat on the ark of the testimony in the most holy place.
– ‭Exodus‬ ‭26‬:‭34

The ark of the testimony eventually held three beautiful reminders of God’s presence and care. The ark testified to God’s standard of holiness (the stone tablets of God’s law), God’s guidance (Aaron’s flowering staff) and God’s provision (a jar of manna). Each of these pointed God’s people to their ultimate redemption through the Messiah. Above the ark of the testimony rested the mercy seat, made of pure gold, covered with the wings of two cherubim on either side (much like the living cherubim described by John of the majestic throne room in Heaven, recorded in the book of Revelation.) The ark of the testimony and mercy seat were placed in the most holy place of the Tabernacle, and then the Temple, sheltered by a veil where only the High Priest could enter once a year. That veil was torn from top to bottom when Jesus gave up His spirit on the cross and died.

God chose a seat of mercy to sit on and dwell among His people. God also waits to speak with me there. I must listen to God’s call in Scripture, above the cacophony of my circumstances.

God has never left me. He is there, over the testimony of His character, ready to refocus my heart and line up my life on His truth. He is there, above the mercy seat of the cross, where He willingly paid the price for my sin so that I could receive forgiveness and freedom.

Jesus gives me direct access to God, and the way is still open into the most holy place. God is there, and He has invited me to enter.

“I will meet with you there.”

Namesake

Scripture Crumb from Leviticus 22:31-33

You are to keep My commands and do them; I am Yahweh. You must not profane My holy name; I must be treated as holy among the Israelites. I am Yahweh who sets you apart, the One who brought you out of the land of Egypt to be your God; I am Yahweh.

Over and over in the book of Leviticus, God reminds His people – I am your God. I rescued you. I set you apart. Obey me. Follow my commands. Be holy.

In this passage, God emphasizes that I must not profane His holy name. The people of Israel honored God’s name by obeying the law and reverencing Him in worship through proper sacrifice. They were God’s chosen people and were to act like it.

I’ve been chosen, too. God has rescued me – from myself, from my sin and from an empty future of no consequence. I bear His name as His daughter – Christian. I must not profane His holy name.

I must not accept what God says is unacceptable. I must do what He says, even if it is completely contradictory to what the world around me practices. I must continually work to have a right relationship with my God, following His plan of grace in my life.

Lord, purify my heart, my mind and my attitude. Give me your vision so I may distinguish between right and wrong, according to Your standards. Thank you for sending Jesus as the perfect sacrifice to atone for my sins. Help me to practice extending Your forgiveness and hope to those around me. Amen.