Tuesday, February 7, 2012

A Tabernacle and A Temple

Today's L3 reading - Exodus 26-27, Acts 14

The book of Exodus contains very detailed instructions for the construction of God's tabernacle.  This was a grand tent that the people would take with them as they traveled towards the promise land.  It was to be a place to bring sacrifices and to meet with God. 

God knew exactly how He wanted this temple to look.  From the design for the ten panels of tapestry to the curtain hooks to the bronze utensils for the altar, no detail was too small or too minor for God to notice.  And God provided skilled craftsmen to build it for Him. 

Have you noticed that there is still a God-designed, God-crafted temple here today?

"You realize, don't you, that you are the temple of God, and God himself is present in you?" (2 Corinthians 3:16, MSG)

I am a temple of God.  And just a God had a very detailed plan for the tabernacle, He also has a plan for how He wants me to be.  God wants to remake my life from one that is me-centered to one that is God-centered.  No detail is too small for Him - He wants to be a part of ALL my life.

I have the potential to be a beautiful temple.  I just need to get out of His way and allow Him to work in me and thru me.  It's hard work sometimes - there is sin in my life that must be removed.  And too often I get distracted or impatient and start trying to fix things myself.

I'm so glad God is patient with me.  Help me, Lord, to remember that I am a temple and that you are always with me.

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