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“Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself with be with them and be their God.” Revelation 21:3

God used to walk in the Garden of Eden with Adam in the cool of the day. Then sin entered and that intimate level of communion ended. Man could no longer be in the direct presence of God. Since that dreadful day, God has been working to redeem for Himself a people who can once again be in His presence. That is the end-game of it all; that God may dwell with His people and they with Him. In a sense, of course, God dwells with His people now via the indwelling of the Holy Spirit in each true believer. This is something different. I don’t understand exactly how this will work out, but I do know it is something I long for more and more.

Our pastor asked a question this week: Would you rather be closer to your Savior or “fill in the blank.” Would you rather be closer to your Savior or have that dream job? Would you rather be closer to your Savior or meet the person who will be your perfect spouse? Would you rather be closer to your Savior or have a life filled with ease and comfort? The list goes on and on. God can and does give us marvelous gifts, but when they become the object of our hope instead of gifts from a loving, gracious Father who is our only hope, there’s a problem. The end-game is to live continually in God’s presence. If that’s where we’re headed, why do we let anything else take priority while we’re on the way?

May nothing take God’s place in our hearts as our hope, our joy, our peace, our security. May nothing grow more important to us than being closer to Him.

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