Growing with God: A daily devotional with Tonia Slimm.
Exodus 26:31-35 (NIV)
“Make a curtain of blue, purple and scarlet yarn and finely twisted linen, with cherubim woven into it by a skilled worker. Hang it with gold hooks on four posts of acacia wood overlaid with gold and standing on four silver bases. Hang the curtain from the clasps and place the ark of the covenant law behind the curtain. The curtain will separate the Holy Place from the Most Holy Place. Put the atonement cover on the ark of the covenant law in the Most Holy Place. Place the table outside the curtain on the north side of the tabernacle and put the lampstand opposite it on the south side.
Exodus 26:31-35 (MSG)
“Make a curtain of blue, purple, and scarlet material and fine twisted linen. Have a design of angel-cherubim woven into it by a skilled craftsman. Fasten it with gold hooks to four posts of acacia wood covered with a veneer of gold, set on four silver bases. After hanging the curtain from the clasps, bring the Chest of The Testimony in behind the curtain. The curtain will separate the Holy Place from the Holy-of-Holies. Now place the Atonement-Cover lid on the Chest of The Testimony in the Holy-of-Holies. Place the Table and the Lampstand outside the curtain, the Lampstand on the south side of The Dwelling and the Table opposite it on the north side.
“You shall make a veil [to divide the two rooms] of blue, purple, and scarlet fabric and fine twisted linen, skillfully worked with cherubim on it. You shall hang it on four pillars (support poles) of acacia wood overlaid with gold, with gold hooks, on four silver sockets. You shall hang the veil from the hooks [that connect the curtains together], and you shall bring the ark of the Testimony there within the veil. The veil shall separate for you the Holy Place and the Holy of Holies. You shall put the [a]mercy seat on the ark of the Testimony in the Holy of Holies. You shall set the table [for the bread] outside the veil [in the Holy Place] on the north side, and the lampstand opposite the table on the south side of the tabernacle.” -AMPLIFIED
Exodus 26 is completely devoted to the instructions of how to build the Tabernacle itself. God took care of each detail outlining down to how many bronze hooks (to hang the curtains) and silver sockets (to hold the bottom of the framework) were needed. There was to be nothing left to chance or accident.
God is in the details. He is the most detailed oriented individual there has ever been. Consider every detail that was involved in creating the human body to make it function, move, think, live and breathe. You better believe God can take care of every detail of your life, my friend.
As God presented the instructions on building the Tabernacle He told Moses the length of the curtains, the number of hooks to hang them and even the colors of yarn to use in the making of the curtains. God told Moses how long the boards would be to create the frame of the tabernacle; as well as what type of wood should be used. Here we find God being the Master Architect; laying out His blueprints for Moses to follow. (If these instructions were given today; they would have included how many nuts, bolts, and screws needed to complete each project. Believe me, God was very thorough.)
Moses could have been completely stressed out over all that God was expecting for him to do, but for the fact that God was working out each element of His design. God asked the people to bring their gifts for the building of His dwelling place. Remember, God knew exactly what they had available to be used in His new home. He was not asking them to do or give from what they did not have; nor did He expect them to do something that He would not equip them to do.
If God has called you to do something for Him; yet you have not accomplished it because you are caught up on the details; let go and let God take care of the details. Do not let those details control or prevent you from doing what God desires you to do for Him. Let God handle all those details; it is what He truly does best!
“Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.” -Philippians 4:6-7 (MSG)
God, you are the Great Creator of all things; the Master Designer, the Great “I AM”! You know every detail in the running of your Creation and you take care of it. Why do I fret and get anxious over silly simple things? Forgive me when I worry, Lord. Forgive me for those times that I have not responded quickly to your bidding to “GO” and “DO” something for you. Help me to remember that you will work out the details in every situation that you have called me to and you will also equip me. God, you are some kind of Wonderful, Lord. Help me to trust you more.