Wednesday 31st July 2019 Prayer Devotion
Scripture Reading:- Exodus 25:10-22
Topic:- The Ark Of The Lord 
Text:- Exodus 25:10
The Ark of the Covenant was the place of presence. While the Lord was present among His people in the Exodus. See Exodus 13:17-18, 21-22.
He localized this presence in the Tabernacle for the benefit of His sinful people. The Tabernacle was constructed so that the Lord would be among His people. But in an even more specific way, the Ark served as the place of the presence of God. See Exodus 25:8,22.
Here is such a mind-blowing idea about the God of the Bible that we have to pause for a moment. The eternal God who is not constrained by the existence of time, the infinite God who is not bound by the constraints of space, the transcendent God who dwells above and beyond all time and space, and the immense God who fills all time and space condescended to the weakness of His people and became manifest for their benefit in one locale.
This God is not bound by time, but He bound Himself to the time-bound experience of His people. This God is not bound by space, but He bound Himself to this box. He is above all creational constraints, but He bound Himself to them. He is everywhere, but He was there.
The Psalmist set this truth about the nature of Israel’s God to song so that His people could celebrate Him. See Psalm 113:4-6.
What a God we have. What a God has us. He chose to stoop very low and to humble Himself very far for the sake of His wandering people in the wilderness. Even more, He chose to stoop and to humble Himself for us in His Son, Jesus Christ, and then to stoop as low as death. See Philippians 2:8.
The fact that the Ark was the place of the Lord’s presence among His people brought great assurance to the people of God. This high, lofty, majestic, and resplendent King dwelt among His grumbling, complaining, bickering, and sinful people. See Exodus 15:24; 16:2, 8, 9; 12; 17:2.
Does that sound familiar? We, too, are grumbling, complaining, bickering, and sinful people. Thankfully, God is not far off in another land, but He is near to us who are sinners. The promise to the new-covenant believer is that the Lord is near to us by the power of the Holy Spirit, who dwells in us. See 1 Corinthians 6:19.
Even as Jesus promised His helpful presence. See John 14:16.
The assurance His nearness brings was described by the prophet Isaiah much later in this history of salvation. Just as God accompanied Israel when they wandered in a wilderness, so, too, He was with them in the days of their restoration from exile. See Isaiah 63:9.
1. Holy Ghost fire, go in any length and visit all stubborn problems that refuse to disappear in my life with the King of glory, in the name of Jesus Christ.
2. Oh King Of Glory! Fight all my battle, war and challenges for greater victory henceforth, in the name of Jesus Christ.
3. Oh King Of Glory! Give me success and bigger testimony henceforth, in the name of Jesus Christ.
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