Moses said it more than once: “The eternal God is your dwelling place, and underneath are the everlasting arms” (Deuteronomy 33:27a ESV). “Lord, you have been our dwelling place in all generations” (Psalm 90:1).
Our dwelling place. Not a place we visit occasionally on a Sunday morning and forget about the rest of the week. Not a place we retreat to only when things go terribly wrong with our lives, then leave and ignore when we feel better.
Our dwelling place. Our home. Our safe room. Our light in a vast darkness. The place where we’re loved and nourished and sheltered and taught and encouraged. Our base of operations. Our peace. Our Father’s house. Our Father’s heart.
Our dwelling place? What can we do to make it ours–to be able to live in that blessed safety? The New Testament talks about all spiritual blessings being “in Christ”. The New Testament talks about only one way to get into Christ. “For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ” (Gal. 3:27).
If we have followed our unchanging Father’s plan of salvation, he has added us to his Church. If we have put on Christ in baptism, we are in Christ. If we continue to walk in the Light, surely we can rejoice as we say, along with Moses, the eternal God is our dwelling place.
“And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever” (1 John 2:17).
(also published in Forthright Magazine, 4/12/09)