For the cloud of the Lord was above the tabernacle by day, and fire was over it by night, in the sight of all the house of Israel, throughout all their journeys. -Exodus 40:38
“I just don’t know how to hear Him!” I’ve heard it from my friends and I’ve said it often myself. Recently, I listened to yet another testimony of how God spoke to someone and guided her in a major decision. By this point, I felt rejected, forgotten and ready to give up. “Why won’t He speak to me? Is there something wrong with me?”
What I wanted to hear was words of comfort, something along the lines of, “Don’t worry” or “We’ll get through this, let’s pray about it” or (insert another common phrase here), but what I got instead was a wake up call.
“You have no excuse for not hearing His voice, you already know how to hear Him!”
Then my friend proceeded to quote the Word:
His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue. – 2 Peter 1:3
She asked: “If God has given you everything you need, then why are you not experiencing Him? He has done His part and the rest is up to you!”
As painful as it was to hear, this truth pointed me to where I was going wrong. How can I expect to hear God’s voice, when I haven’t been faithful in the small day-to-day commands that seem to mean nothing? I essentially hadn’t prepared a “dwelling place” for Him in my life.
We’ve been talking a lot lately about how God gave the Israelites exact instructions of how they were to build his dwelling place. The instructions were so precise, down to the last nail!
The result of this obedience to God’s commands is seen in Exodus 40: 34-38. The glory of the Lord filled the temple, the cloud guided them by day and the fire by night. It was by these two symbols that Israelites were able to tell whether they were to move or stay put. The cloud also provided shade from the desert sun during the day, and the fire gave light and kept them warm during the night.
The Bible states very clearly in 1 Corinthians 6:19 that our body is a temple of the Holy Spirit. If our body is the dwelling place of the Holy Spirit, then we need to make it suitable for Him to live in. If we prepare a place for Him, expect for Him to come into our lives. Expectancy is the perfect atmosphere for miracles!