Enjoy Life, Enjoy God

Dale Patterson


May 6, 2010

For many people the presence of God gives life. Moses meets God on a mountain-top in a burning bush. Or, Peter, James and John, along with Jesus witness God's presence in a voice, a cloud and a descending dove at the Transfiguration.

Then the cloud covered the tent of meeting, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. Moses could not enter the tent of meeting because the cloud had settled on it, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle.
- Exodus 40:34,35 TNIV

I've been reading through the last chapters of the Book of Exodus: page after page of construction instructions related to the tabernacle, the ark of the covenant, etc. It's an arduous read, I confess. But it ends with those words above. My translation: "And God showed up!!!"

The cloud was God's presence, not just to Moses, but to all the people of God, the glory of God. Today, you and I are not likely to see the cloud; we have something better, the Holy Spirit in us. May God's glory indwell us, and may we honor that glory today.

Dale Patterson