Today’s Reading: Exodus 35:10-36:38 (additional reading Psalm 34:1-10 and Proverbs 9:7-8)
Key Verse: “All who were willing, men and women alike, came and brought gold jewellery of all kinds: brooches, earrings, rings and ornaments. They all presented their gold as a wave offering to the Lord.” Exodus 35:22
It has been said: “Where God guides He provides!” Exodus chapter 36 is a testament to that truth. It all centres around the building of the tabernacle as a house of habitation for God in the wilderness.
It was a portable tent structure that was always placed in the midst of the camp as a symbol of God’s presence in the centre of the lives of the people of Israel. The entire tabernacle was completed in seven months, which would seem as though it were a long time for the making of a tent. However, the ornateness of all that was involved in the frame structure, as well as the dressings and furnishings was unbelievable to the point that it almost staggers the imagination; and the construction cost would have been phenomenal; but as we will see, it didn’t require a thirty year mortgage and a lot of begging and borrowing for the project to be completed because God’s people gave from a willing heart.
I am reminded of a story told by Tony Campolo regarding an invitation to speak at a woman’s conference. Before the president of the conference introduced him as their guest speaker, she read a very moving letter from a missionary who was calling out for help in response to a great need on the mission field that required a sum of $4,000.00.
The president of the conference then turned to Tony Campolo and asked him if he would pray that God would provide the resources to meet this need! Tony Campolo, said, “No! I won’t pray for the need to be met. I believe that God has already provided the resources, and all we have to do is give. Then, he challenged each woman in the room to follow his lead and put every bit of cash they had with them on the table.
To make a long story, short: the result was that more than the $4,000.00 needed was collected that day, and the lesson learned was this: God always supplies where there is need; and, He supplies through those to whom He has given to hold in trust. The key to the need being met is simply that the people must have a willing heart.
Israel were just two years into their forty year journey at this point in time. However, God had faithfully provided daily manna for them to eat. He had provided water from a flint rock that they might drink. He had given to them the assurance of His presence on a daily basis as He guided them on their way. He had not allowed their clothes to wear out, or their shoes to wax old on their feet. Israel could truly say that everything they had, God had given to them. Let’s not forget to thank God for all that He provides for us and use it for His glory!
- How has God supernaturally provided for you? (John 3:16)
- How can you faithfully use the resource and gift that God has blessed you with?
- Are there needs that you have been praying for that God has already met?
Father, Thank You that You are a faithful God who meets all of our needs and then some. Thank You that when You call you also empower and provided. Help us to be faithful stewards of all that you bless us with. In Jesus’ name, Amen