This year I am going back and again reading a chronological Bible in a year. (One of my favorite ways to read the Bible) I am now plowing through Exodus. After God finally drags His Chosen People out of Egypt kicking, screaming and moaning and groaning; and Moses heads up the mountain, throws a fit, and settles down to try again, we settle into the details of how God wants His tabernacle built. I must confess I never understood the importance of not only the minute detail of the construction of the tent and all the accessories, but the necessity of repeating the same details when recording the construction.
Sometimes I am S L O W ~ BUT the light bulb went off last night as I read. God is in the details. We have always heard that old saying~
AU contraire. This is a great example of how concerned God is with each and every small detail in our lives. If you throw up a building with no plans, no fore-thought, no preparation, you may well end up with a staircase to nowhere. When planning construction, it is not by the seat of your pants, but requires exact and minute details. Thus our need for architects and engineers. I recently read a story about the construction of the rail tunnel under the English Channel. The goal was to meet in the middle of the channel-but that would have never happened without precise planning. It would only take a very small mistake along the way to end up far apart in the middle. They could have ended up with a dead end tunnel. Details are important--and depending upon the project can make or break the end result.
SO, God wanted His tabernacle built with attention to detail, He wanted the finest materials, most proficient craftsmen, and great caution to "do it right". Perhaps the detailing of the plans and construction were not about allowing me to skim quickly over these chapters, but instead to remind me of God's attention to detail. The reminder to pay attention to the details of my days as I travel this earthly trek.
What about the details of our lives? Have we paid close attention to the instructions God has given us to lead the lives He intended for us? Lives of joy, peace, love, with the good purpose of glorifying Him in all we do. How easily I slip into the complacency of a unintentional life. How easily I come to the end of a day to only discover the day was pretty much a dead end. God is in the details--every moment of every day--He is present--and only desiring the best for His children. Perhaps I should go back and reread the tabernacle construction details. Is not every word of God's missive important? What if I missed an important detail--a life changing detail?
"The Lord directs the steps of the godly.
He delights in every detail of their lives."