Tabernacle | Devotion 5: Inconvenienced
By now, you have read all of the other devotions on how the tabernacle was constructed. This devotion covers the last chapter dealing with the construction. There were all of those final little details to wrap up. I had recently read through Exodus and very distinctly remembered this chapter, so I had to chuckle when it was assigned it to me. I remember thinking how weird and strange all of those priestly outfits had sounded (and then pictured my husband wearing one! HA!). I actually went into Josh’s library of study books so I could get a visual of the description in chapter 39. Yes, it was still just as strange as I was thinking in my head. An Ephod is a sleeveless garment worn by priests. During that time, in particular, it was worn by Aaron and his sons.
I want to go back to the tabernacle getting finished. Exodus 39:32 says, “Thus all the work of the tabernacle of the tent of meeting was finished, (this is the statement that keeps sticking out to me) and all the people of Israel did according to all that the Lord had commanded Moses; so they did.” This statement is made about nine times throughout the chapter. My very favorite time is at the end of the chapter, “According to all that the Lord had commanded Moses, so the people of Israel had done all the work. And Moses saw all of the work, and behold, they had done it; as the Lord had commanded, so had they done it. Then Moses blessed them” (verses 42-43).
Moses saw all of the work. How many times do we see work that needs to be done and avoid it? Whether that is “in church” or outside of it, when we hear the Lord clearly tell us to “get to work,” do we just brush it off or make excuses? Most of the time the Lord wants to use us, it is not convenient at all. Are you hearing me? It is not convenient at all.
The Lord needed me to help out today in a way I was desperately trying to avoid. Do you want to know why? I was able to be in a hotel room all by myself for a few hours, get some writing done, relax, have a cup of tea, maybe catch an episode of Fixer Upper and move at a slow pace, which I have not been able to do in a while. Oh, I saw the need, but I was hoping that I would be forgotten about and would not be challenged by God. So, what happened? I was called on, had an attitude, changed it (after some grumbling; you are going to want to try and skip that part) and was able to help feed about 30 guys that volunteered on one of our prison trips. I love to host and feed people; it is like one of my favorite things to do. However, in this instance, it was not in my plan (remember that convenient part?). We need to be more like Moses. We need to see the work and do it. Do not avoid it. You will be blessed.