Even the undergarments of the priest were specific. As I read through these pages, I was reminded of a few precious truths about my God that meet my daily flood of details and give peace.
First, God’s character is found in the details of life. Every item in the tabernacle, down to the type of wood or color of fabric, serves as a reflection of who God is. From the large curtain, known as the veil, to the tiny almond shaped bowls in the top of each of the seven branches of the candlesticks, God was revealing His holiness, righteousness, and glory. He desires to do the same in my heart as I watch Him move and work in what seems to be insignificant background noises of daily life. How often He goes before those little areas and gently whispers, I have this, just worship Me.
Second, God shows that our obedience must resemble a detailed approach. God has a very definite view of right and wrong and leaves nothing lacking in its execution. Too often, I allow for the pragmatic approach in the way I obey. I did it, Lord, isn’t that enough? He firmly answers, No. If you didn’t follow My command with completion, you are redefining the command to suit your will. If you didn’t do it in sweet submission, then rebellion still resides. If you hesitated, then you lacked faith and resolve. His earthly dwelling should stand as a clear call to obey all the way, right away, and with a sweet sacrifice of worship in our hearts. Israel understood this as they began to build. Exodus 35:29 states,
"All the men and women, the people of Israel, whose heart moved them to bring anything for the work that the Lord had commanded by Moses to be done brought it as a freewill offering to the Lord."
"Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?"
Finally, the most powerful thought of all is that God is detailed about His care and personal knowledge of me, His child. He has the right and should be invited to be a part of every detail I consider and act upon. So often He remains uninvited in my days and plans. Colossians 1:17 states,
"And He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together."
The reason I often find my life’s details in disarray is because I ignore, in pride, that without Him nothing would even exist. Sadly, the nation of Israel suffered from the same terrible thought process. Because they refused to keep Him as a part of every decision and way of life, the same group who were a part of the tabernacle’s construction would miss out on the Promise Land. Proverbs 16:9 says,
"The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps."
How sad a truth it is that I have often missed out on peace because my plan was just that, my plan.
God is in the details. He cares about them. He displays His character through them. He commands this type of decisive obedience, but He will never lack in His presence and provision for all the details we whisper. Praise His name.
How have you seen God work through the details of your life?
Want to learn more precious truths about God? Freedom—that’s the goal of the 30-day I Choose Truth Challenge. By focusing on specific truths found in God’s Word, you will grow in your desire to abandon lies and will enjoy the freedom that comes from living according to God’s truth.
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