"In the most holy place, the ark of the covenant is the symbol and vehicle of the presence of the revelation of Jehovah among his people. ..."
Theology of the Old Testament, Gustav Friedrich Oehler, George Edward Day (1883)
When reading the Old Testament we can interchange the two terms and reach some form of understanding. My elementary-mind still approaches God’s Word this way and utilizes the many
When I sat down to cross the Jordan with Joshua and his buddies, this is what I read:
“When you see the [presence of God]…you are to…follow it. Then you will know which way to go, since you have never been this way before.”
Joshua 3:3b & 4a
That’s exactly where I feel like God is taking me right now. On a journey to a place I’ve never been before. That’s the best way I can describe it. Sometimes I get anxious because I’m not sure how to pack for an unknown place. I’m not even sure where to start. Walking, not packing.
This week God reminded me I do know which direction to go.
In college I had another great Bible teacher. He taught me to live by the John 5:19 creed:
What the Father does, the Son does. The Father loves the Son and includes him in everything he is doing. John 5:19b The Message
God’s presence leads me to God’s activity. In short, I go where God is. And then I join Him in what He’s doing.
How do I see the presence of God?
I sense His leading. Sometimes I just know I am supposed to do something. Like on Wednesday when I called my mom. I don’t usually call her at 3:30 in the afternoon. Afternoons are a busy time for both of us. I contemplated calling. I prayed quickly and decided to dial and talk for only a second. I reasoned I would want my daughter to call for a second. I dialed. She was in the ER with my brother. He was very sick. He was being admitted to ICU. God wanted me praying. He orchestrated my call.
What about days when His leading isn’t clear?
It isn’t always so simple. Lots of days I just do stuff, mostly because I have to. Every once in a while I actually pause to ask God to order my steps. Then I remember that if I can see God moving, I can just follow. Then I’ll be right where He is.
I agree some days it’s harder than others to recognize His presence. But with practice, we can all become better at following His lead. Just like the Israelites, we better be ready when we see His presence moving. If I close my eyes, I can hear Joshua, “Purify yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do great wonders among you.” (Joshua 3:5 NLT)
And there they stood; those priests carrying the Chest of the Covenant stood firmly planted on dry ground in the middle of the Jordan while all Israel crossed on dry ground. Finally the whole nation was across the Jordan, and not one wet foot.
Joshua 3:17 The Message
I'd say crossing a flooded river with dry feet was a pretty great wonder. I can't wait to see what He's got for us!
Jesus gave them this answer: “Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does. For the Father loves the Son and shows him all he does. Yes, and he will show him even greater works than these, so that you will be amazed.
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