I'm so glad you are here! I hope during your visit you get a glimpse of God's heart for we become what we are gazing at. I have been writing my way through Judges sharing glimpses of God's heart and character for a weekday devotional. Today is the last day! To check out the entire series so far head on over the the Judges Devotional. And if you blog, come on over tomorrow for a blog link up.
"So the assembly of Israel departed by tribes and families, and they returned to their own homes. In those days Israel had no king, so the people did whatever seemed right in their own eyes." Judges 21:24-25
Before they packed up to head home they had been camping celebrating the festival of tabernacles, the final feast of the Jewish year. It was much like a vacation with the family for eight days. They would build huts as a reminder of the temporary housing that God provided for the Israelites when He led them out of Egypt, and would hang fall crops in the booth as a reminder of God’s faithfulness. The first and the eighth days they got together to praise the Lord and present offerings to Him.
Imagine you and your family camping with a whole ton of people. What would it look like? Smell like? Feel like?
Each of the seven God appointed Jewish holidays point to Jesus, like Passover, Jesus is the passover lamb. Well, Tabernacles points to how Jesus left the pleasure of heaven to live temporarily in the dirt so to speak. And it reminds us that this world is not our home. Our homes and everything around us whether it smells good or feels good or not is just a hut. And it points to the fact that one day Jesus will come again and will make all things new. We will no longer be in huts but in homes built by a master carpenter just for us. We can enjoy Him, seeing Him be faithful now, but there is so much more to come.
But after the fun festival, everyone went home. Sometimes the Lord give us fun experiences but then we have to go back to life as it was before. And if our faith is based on emotional mountain top experiences we will derail. It will end up being said about us that we did what was right in our own eyes just the like Israelites and the consequences are painfully ugly.
Our faith needs to be based on what the Bible says is true about God, not based on what we feel or experience because the reality is, the Lord will have us walk through the valley of the shadow of death. But we will never walk it alone. Jesus, the One who holds all things together walks with us. As we walk through the ups and downs with our faith in Him, we store up bonded moments in heaven. The Phil 3:10 "I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death", I know you, we did life together type of know.
And that is going to make it all worth it!
Tomorrow starts the Creation Revealing the Glory of God series! God tells us His creation reveals His invisible qualities, His eternal power and divine nature and I am so super excited to get to talk about things like solar eclipses, sound and snowflakes, bioluminescence, the thorny lizard and the star-nosed mole showing how each of them give us a glimpse of how awesome God is. Squeel!
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