“And I will walk among you and will be your God, and you shall be my people.” Leviticus 26:12
God longs to walk among us as he did in Eden. As God gives his law he unveils briefly one of the deepest desires and yearnings of his heart, to walk once again amongst the people he created. Oh what a sweet thought! Just as a husband longs for his estranged wife, a parent waits for the return of their runaway son, a best friend looks forward to the next slumber party, God awaits the day he will be with the creation that he loves. He is the dad waiting to run to us and kill the fatted calf in celebration of our return. He is the shepherd seeking desperately for the one sheep who strayed from the fold. He is the groom praying fervently for the day he is united with his bride. God desires to walk among us, to talk to us, to laugh and enjoy the genius of his handiwork, to hold out his finger and watch as our hands wrap around it. God loves our presence and paid everything to get it back.
Lord Jesus, restore us in your salvation and walk among us as you did before the fall. Return God and bring about your kingdom!