Re: Verse reading–Exodus 25:1-11, 17-18, 23-24, 31-32; 26:1-2, 7-8; 27:1-2; 29:43-46 (day three)
“Then I will dwell among the Israelites and be their God.”
Someone once said about a famously charismatic politician: “He always made you feel as if he were lucky to be with you.” Contrast that with a situation in which you attempt to talk in a public space with someone who repeatedly looks past you to other people in the room. Nothing says “You don’t matter” quite like a distracted gaze. The Israelites—whose display of gratitude for God’s presence was genuine, and not merely political charisma—told the Lord by their intents and their actions that they needed to live with him. They gave themselves wholly to the creation of sacred space to make such a life possible for themselves. Are you looking past God, or creating sacred space with him?