May 11 Esight, 2008

Then the Lord God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of Us, knowing good and evil; and now, he might stretch out his hand, and take also from the tree of life, and eat, and live forever “— therefore the Lord God sent him out from the garden of Eden.—Genesis 3:22-23Does God not know how to make a complete sentence when He talks? Of course He does. Why then do we find that, in His dismissal of Adam and Eve from the garden, He cannot speak? In order to fully appreciate this you must traverse the timeline of the entire history of the human race from beginning to end. From God’s desire to share the pleasure of His other-centered love with us, through the fall, our redemption and restoration.

Our first stop this week is in His admonition to the Hebrews to build a sanctuary. Notice the reason….

“Let them construct a sanctuary for Me, that I may dwell among them.”—Exodus 25:8

Then again, note the desire of Jesus toward the close of His ministry.

“Father, I desire that they also, whom You have given Me, be with Me”—John 17:24

Finally, sense His goal for our restoration.

“Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord.”—1 Thessalonians 4:17

“Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them.”—Revelation 21:3

From the very beginning God has desired nothing greater than to simply be with you, dear reader. He has continually been drawing your heart back to the place were you belong. Here, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing (Zephaniah 3:17, KJV). He desires for you to be restored to see His Face again (Exodus 33:20, Revelation 6:16, KJV) for it’s been far too long. He longs to stand on the wall, open the gates, and welcome you home.

Why then could He not finish His sentence in Genesis? I believe with all my heart that the pain of being separated from us, from you, was too great. His emotion could not be forfended, His voice choked, and He simply began to weep. Moses kindly steps in and finishes the story with his own words, but God’s separation from us was breaking His heart. God was having to send them away, having to do what He must, but not what His heart wanted.

This week, rather than asking more from Him, why don’t you, along with me, bring a little joy to His heart? We may not be able to be physically with Him yet, but will you give Him some of your time? Just be with Him, with the hope that you and He, although not face to face, can be heart to heart.

I wish you God’s best this week.