All the Work

Thus all the work of the tabernacle of the tent of meeting was finished, and the people of Israel did according to all that the LORD had commanded Moses; so they did. Then they brought the tabernacle to Moses, the tent and all its utensils, its hooks, its frames, its bars, its pillars, and its bases; the covering of tanned rams’ skins and goatskins, and the veil of the screen; the ark of the testimony with its poles and the mercy seat; the table with all its utensils, and the bread of the Presence; the lampstand of pure gold and its lamps with the lamps set and all its utensils, and the oil for the light; the golden altar, the anointing oil and the fragrant incense, and the screen for the entrance of the tent; the bronze altar, and its grating of bronze, its poles, and all its utensils; the basin and its stand; the hangings of the court, its pillars, and its bases, and the screen for the gate of the court, its cords, and its pegs; and all the utensils for the service of the tabernacle, for the tent of meeting; the finely worked garments for ministering in the Holy Place, the holy garments for Aaron and his sons for their service as priests. According to all that the Lord had commanded Moses, so the people of Israel had done all the work. And Moses saw all the work, and behold, they had done it; as the LORD had commanded, so had they done it. Then Moses blessed them.” Exodus 39:32-43

All the details, precision, artistry, exact measuring, carving, weaving, constructing… all the work God had prescribed was completed, and Moses blessed the people. I imagine his hands lifted, his countenance bright, his words of favor and God’s delight in their work washing over them like welcome spring rain. Well done, good and faithful servants. You have listened, set your minds and hands to task, persisted to completion, and your Master is satisfied.

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When opportunities are presented and invitations extended, I need to make sure they align with God’s plans for me. I know from experience that when I add “fluff,” I steal energy, time, and concentration from what matters for what does not. Do I expend effort for His kingdom first, seeking eternal treasure, making the best use of time, or waste my days and resources on insignificant pastimes? The Lord had a grand plan to unite His people in the work that would prepare them for worship, ultimately for intimate life with Him at the center and fore, and though each had a separate and specific part, and sometimes that was a menial task, in His plan every segment was worthy and would fit together. He calls us to do our part for the proper working of His big plan, His high and broad purposes. (Matthew 6:19-21,33; Romans 12:11,16; Ephesians 5:15-16)

Lord, may I be diligent to accomplish the works, large and small, for which You have made and sent me, while it is still day. Teach me to redeem my time, grant me the will to heed Your instruction and wisdom to build until all my work is complete, all for Your blessing and glory. (Psalm 90:12; Proverbs 14:1; John 4:34; 9:4)

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