Daily Devotion for November 28, 2016
'Complicated and Complex Details!'
Exodus 25:1-8, 26:7-14
The Lord said to Moses, “Tell the people of Israel to bring me their sacred offerings. Accept the contributions from all whose hearts are moved to offer them. Here is a list of sacred offerings you may accept from them: gold, silver, and bronze; blue, purple, and scarlet thread; fine linen and goat hair for cloth; tanned ram skins and fine goatskin leather; acacia wood; olive oil for the lamps; spices for the anointing oil and the fragrant incense; onyx stones, and other gemstones to be set in the ephod and the priest’s chestpiece. “Have the people of Israel build me a holy sanctuary so I can live among them”...
“Make eleven curtains of goat-hair cloth to serve as a tent covering for the Tabernacle. These eleven curtains must all be exactly the same size—45 feet long and 6 feet wide. Join five of these curtains together to make one long curtain, and join the other six into a second long curtain. Allow 3 feet of material from the second set of curtains to hang over the front of the sacred tent. Make fifty loops for one edge of each large curtain. Then make fifty bronze clasps, and fasten the loops of the long curtains with the clasps. In this way, the tent covering will be made of one continuous piece. The remaining 3 feet of this tent covering will be left to hang over the back of the Tabernacle. Allow 18 inches of remaining material to hang down over each side, so the Tabernacle is completely covered. Complete the tent covering with a protective layer of tanned ram skins and a layer of fine goatskin leather...
As I've been laboring through the reading of chapters 25-31 in the book of Exodus—the part where God gives long and intricate instructions for the building His Tabernacle—I caught myself grumpily mumbling this prayer: “Lord, such complicated and complex details!” Hearing myself say this, however, caused me to think about God's tediously complicated and complex details...
Folks, God's complicated and complex details reveal 1) God pre-planned everything, and He leaves NOTHING undone! 2) He is paying attention to and overseeing EVERY detail, and NOTHING is left to chance! 3) He provides EVERYTHING needed for His people to “make (and do) everything according to the pattern” He shows us in His Word (Exodus 25:40)...through His Son and His indwelling Holy Spirit! Moreover, His complicated and complex details reveal 4) God is great and holy and perfect! 5) He always does His best—and He desires us to willingly give Him our best! In addition, they show 6) God desires to “live among” His people!
Beloved, isn't it marvelous to consider that the same God who planned every detail of the Tabernacle is the SAME God who planned every detail of your life? (“You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank You for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous...You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed. How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered! I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand! And when I wake up, You are still with me!” Psalm 139:13-18 “You chart the path ahead of me and tell me where to stop and rest. Every moment You know where I am...You both precede and follow me...such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too great for me to know!” Psalm 139:3,5)!
Heavenly Father, today we Believers rejoice in You! Yes, we praise Your name! It is a marvelous thing to belong to and trust in the God of complicated and complex details!
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