Spiritual and emotional engagement with God can seem elusive. Though we desire sacred encounters and a deep relationship with our Creator, achieving such intimacy may feel out of our grasp.
Through the metaphor of the Tabernacle, author Lis Stubbs offers a place of rest and a path to closeness with our heavenly Father. Just as the Tabernacle provided a way for the children of Israel to remember God’s faithfulness in the past, application of the Tabernacle today offers Christians a meaningful devotional place of safety, intimacy, and recharge.
More than a study, An Invitation to Delight is a practical guide to experiencing God and to becoming more intimate with Jesus. You will discover you are no longer content with surface living and routine check-ins with God. As your time of spiritual solitude becomes more meaningful, you’ll find yourself living intentionally and counterculturally, reaching up to him in faith and stretching out your hands in love.
Author Lis Stubbs is passionate about spending time solely focused on God and seeing the results thereof lived out in the everyday stuff of life. Since 2006 she has regularly set apart a day to meet with God through his Tabernacle template and to practice the discipline of spiritual solitude. A retired history teacher, Lis holds a MA in intercultural education, and she enjoys teaching Bible studies, singing on the worship team, and engaging in intercessory prayer. She and her husband live in Washington State.
We need a sacred space where we approach a God who loves us, knows that we make mistakes, and appreciates our feeble attempts to do the right thing, yet who offers His strength for our weakness.
The Tabernacle was the meeting place for the children of Israel after they left Egypt on their way to the promised land.
Firmly planted in the Word of God and with the Holy Spirit as my guide, my experience with the Tabernacle allows me to engage with an alternate, yet parallel, universe, the way life is supposed to be.
The Tabernacle provides a pattern for us to feel deeply human, and by engaging with it, we turn our attention away from the culture that devalues us and instead fixes our attention on the God who dignifies each of us.
In order to meet with God, we also have to get away from it all and enter into the space that allows for a pure relationship with Him.
It is in the context of the Tabernacle that one can stay true to God’s intended purpose for creation and covenant by worshipping the Creator rather than His creation.
While the physical Tabernacle was the center of worship and life for the children of Israel in the wilderness and beyond, its symbolism carries from one generation to the next into the new earth.
The Tabernacle becomes our means of rest, significance, and safety while we make our pilgrimage through the world as we know it.
A good way of thinking about the Tabernacle is to imagine it as a framework in which relationship occurs rather than merely being a ritualistic formula used to approach an otherwise unapproachable God.
While we no longer go to a physical Tabernacle like the one described in Exodus, we spiritually engage with it as a sacred space in which we interact in relationship with God, who describes Himself as spirit.