Am I now trying to win the approval of men, or of God? Galatians 1:10
The fire alarm has just been pulled… you have 60 seconds… what do you take? 1, 2…
Take this: 17 times in Ex. chapters 39 and 40 the phrase appears that things were done “just as God commanded”. Wow! How often do I do things JUST as GOD commanded?! So often even subconsciously I slip into the mode of doing what I command, what and how I want things done. In Ex. 40 it lists one step at a time that Moses took to complete the set up of the tabernacle and after each specific step it is recorded that he did it JUST AS THE LORD COMMANDED. No where is it listed that Moses even offered his own suggestions, like maybe God hadn’t thought of another way that might work better… no Moses did everything just as the Lord commanded one step at a time… one step at a time. Another point, how often do I try and skip steps (especially the waiting step) or combine a few steps into one to create a short cut?! This is not the example God is setting through Moses in this chapter. One step by obedient step, “Moses finished the work” it says in Ex. 40:33. When I get to the end I want God to say “Well done!” not “Well, you made it.” “You kinda did what I asked when you weren’t too busy trying to please others or do things your way.” That’s certainly not what I want to hear! One way to make sure we don’t is to keep Jesus our aim, in our sights at all times, this world of self is so ready to crowd that vision out. Ex. 40:36-38 is key in how Moses was able to do everything just as the Lord commanded… In all the travels of the Israelites, whenever the cloud lifted from above the tabernacle, they would set out; but if the cloud did not lift, they did not set out – until the day it lifted. So the cloud of the Lord was over the tabernacle by day, and fire was in the cloud by night, IN THE SIGHT of ALL the house of Israel during ALL their travels. (emphasis mine) Today Lord may your presence be upon my heart and may I seek to please You more than anything or anyone. May you guide and direct all my travels and endeavors so that I may accomplish all that You have for me just as You would command, so that I might hear one day, “Well done, beloved, well done.”
59, 60. GO!