The people used the talents God gave them to build a temple designated to the Holiness of the LORD. His glory filled it. He lived among them and was evident to them by a pillar of cloud by day and fire by night.
I was fascinated by God’s revelation of himself as fire in this passage (and in other places, such as Moses and the burning bush). We associate fire with the devil and hell, but God is also a consuming fire. And He is light. He is the fire that leads Israel and the fire that consumes Sodom and Gomorrah. He seems to be made up of contradictions. Or is that just an earthly way of understanding Him? God doesn’t live in time or space, the two things that rule our earthly lives. Does he also exist outside of our binary realm where everything is either good or bad, black or white, agree or disagree? Maybe the gray areas in our lives are glimpses of how God can be both a guiding light and a consuming fire.