Pastor’s Note: Glorious Confinement

How can we leverage this time of confinement in our own lives, the lives of others, and especially in our relationship with the Lord?  It seems a big leap to frame this time of trial as “glorious.”

We already know from past experiences that the glory of God hovered over the chaos of Genesis 1:1-2. He creates order out of chaos from the very first verses in the Bible to the very end in Revelation 22.  In between, the Presence of the Lord by His Holy Spirit filled the tabernacle in the trials of the wilderness journey of the Israelites (Exodus 40:34).  He filled the temple during the time of the kings in Israel (1 Kings 8:10-11).  He appeared to the exiles in Babylon in Ezekiel 1.  When Jesus dwelt on earth with us, His glory “pitched His tent” among us (John 1:14) in a clear reference to the filling of the tent in Exodus 40.

So, sure enough, when the Spirit fills the people in Acts 2:1-5, the imagery of the tent pops up again.  We ourselves have become the “tents” where the Glory of the Lord dwells!  Let this sink in. Anyone who has placed his or her faith in Jesus is being filled with the Glory of the Lord (2 Corinthians 4:7; 2 Corinthians 5:1).  So yes it’s a mixed bag since the Glory of God dwells in weak vessels, our very fragile bodies (2 Corinthians 4:8).  But it’s still glorious.

So yes, in spite of all the hardships, the anxieties, the stress, the pain and suffering of separation and real loss, we cling to the Glory and the promise of His Presence: He will never leave us nor abandon us.