Daily Devotional with Pastor Jon

September 15

But thou shalt appoint the Levites over the tabernacle of Testimony, and over all the vessels thereof, and over all things that belong to it: they shall bear the tabernacle, and all the vessels thereof; and they shall minister unto it, and shall encamp round about the tabernacle.

Numbers 1:50

The Tabernacle was the place wherein dwelt the Chabod, the glory of God - that which every person, whether he knows it or not, craves. You might think you’re craving a bigger house, a faster car, or a new boyfriend. But in reality, what you’re truly craving is the Chabod, the glory of God. And the degree to which you experience the glory of God is the degree to which you will be satisfied in this life presently. Otherwise, you’ll fall into the trap of thinking you’ll be content as soon as you get the next promotion - failing to understand that it is only the weight, the substance, and the glory of God that will satisfy your soul.

Here we see that the Levites - those who served in the Tabernacle - had the privilege of camping closest to the place where the Chabod resided. The same is true today. The way to experience the presence of God is to serve - be it teaching a Sunday school class, coaching a Little League team in a way that you are an example of what it means to be a lover of God, raising your kids in the ways of God, serving as a missionary, or being involved in intercessory prayer. Jesus said whatever measure we give out will be given back to us (Matthew 7:2). And I have found this to be oh, so true. The key to experiencing the glory of God is to be involved in service, for if we only take in, we become bloated and groggy; but if we share with others what we’re learning, what we’ve been given, and what we’re experiencing, we will receive a continuous fresh supply.

This Daily Devotional is an excerpt from the book "A Pillar By Day" by Pastor Jon. "A Pillar By Day" is a collection of 365 short devotions from the Old Testament books of Genesis through Deuteronomy. If you would like your own copy of "A Pillar By Day" you can order one from the SearchLight Store.

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