The Story of You and God

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” The Bible takes two chapters in the book of Genesis to tell the amazing story of the creation of the universe. But there are fifty chapters in the Bible about a tent in the desert – a tent known as the tabernacle. What is the significance about this simple tent in the wilderness? And why does it require fifty chapters in the Bible to explain it?

The tabernacle, this seemingly unpretentious tent, holds the key to knowing God. The tabernacle reveals to us who God is and what he does. For four hundred years, the Israelites were slaves in Egypt until God used a fellow Hebrew named Moses to free them from their bondage. Shortly after departing from Egypt, God called Moses to spend time with him on Mt. Sinai. On the mountain, God gave Moses two systems for the Israelites. First, he gave a system of law. At the same time, God gave a system of sacrifice. God explained to Moses in minute detail how to offer sacrifices that would cover the sins of the people and allow them to be in relationship with him. God’s next instruction to Moses was how this system of law and sacrifice is a sacred, set-apart place called a tabernacle.

For the next four hundred years, this portable tent became their place of worship. The temporary purpose of the tabernacle was to establish God as the true God. However, the eternal purpose of the tabernacle was to point to Jesus Christ and to the fulfillment of God’s plan of salvation. Every fabric, every metal, every color, every design pointed in some way to Jesus Christ, who became not just a temporary sacrifice but the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. His one-time sacrifice on the cross opened the way for everyone to have all access with God.

Where would you like all access? What would be something so cool to you if you had an all access pass? We all could think of places that would be awesome to have unlimited access.

However, a greater honor for all of us is that God has actually given us all access to himself. I want to tell you that the bottom line is that God has given us total access to His throne room. God is a relational God. In addition, he wants to be in relationship with you. He wants you to get to know him. He wants you to be a part of him. He wants to be a part of you. He wants to be a part of your life in the high points. He wants to be a part of the low points. The times when you’re feeling good – pretty good about who you’ve become. He wants to be a part of your life when you’re actually pretty ashamed at some of the things you’ve thought and said and done. He wants to be a part of the dreams that you have for your family. He wants to be a part of your doubts and your questions. He wants to get down in the middle of the messiness and the complicated situations of your life. He wants to be there on the dark nights. He wants to be there during the successes, the births, the deaths, the marriages, the divorces, the evictions. He wants to be around in the mind stopping stupors. He wants to be around in the terrible fights that you have in your home. He wants to be with you in the good times and the bad, the promotions and the trophies and the honors and the successes.

God wants to be involved in your life. He wants to be at the center of the story of you. The story of you is the story of you and God.

He is the God who longs to live in you, with you. He wants to tabernacle with you today.

Rev. Dan Cox is the Pastor of the United Pentecostal Church of Warsaw and the Editor of the Indiana Apostolic Trumpet.

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