“But Moses said to him, ‘Are you jealous for my sake? Would that all the Lord’s people were prophets, that the Lord would put his Spirit on them!’” Numbers 11:29
Moses did not want God to reserve the outpouring of His Spirit solely for him. We see his heart’s desire in these words, that the Lord would put His Spirit on all of His people. Reading this, I’m reminded how blessed we are in Christ, that God does not withhold His Spirit from us. He doesn’t pick and choose among His people as if some have a higher ranking. He gives each of us measures of faith, displaying His glory uniquely in our lives, but to all of us His gives His Spirit—not just putting it on us for a time, but in us forever.
We are from then on a temple of the Holy Spirit. God dwells in us, His is with us, filling us always with Himself. We are never without His presence. He doesn’t reserve His words for certain people. He speaks to the heart of each of His children, revealing Himself to us personally. We are given His Spirit to convict us and open our eyes to truth. He is our guide and counselor. He works in our heart to reproduce the character of Christ in us. Everything that God is to us, each facet of His infinite being we see revealed in Scripture, is within His Spirit that has been given to us. His strength and light. His hope. His peace. His joy. Through the sacrifice of Christ, we are so thoroughly reconciled to God that the Spirit of God Himself is poured into us. We don’t need an intermediary to communicate with God, to get near to Him, to get a glimpse of His glory—we can talk with Him, draw near, and behold our King in the splendor of His majesty because He has chosen to draw near to us.
So in everything we experience, our hope is steadfast. Our God will not leave us, and there are greater things in store because God is for us. Whatever we face, no matter how bleak or desperate things appear, our hope “does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us” (Romans 5:5).