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We need the presence of God

Posted: Thursday, February 15

 Pastor Tom Murray/

Pastor Tom Murray/

One Year Bible Reading Guide

Exodus 39:1-40:38
Mark 1:1-28
Psalm 35:1-16
Proverbs 9:11-12

Verse of the Day:

Then the cloud covered the Tabernacle, and the glory of the Lord filled the Tabernacle. (Exodus 40:34 NLT)


The Old Testament records faithful people who carefully followed God-given directions as they built the tabernacle - a portable dwelling of God and place of worship.

 

God provided instructions on how money was to be raised to pay for the tabernacle.  He called upon skilled craftsman to take responsibility for "the Tabernacle and its sacred tent, its covering, clasps, frames, crossbars, posts, and bases” (Exodus 35:11 NLT).  God gave details for the artistic work, the layout, sacred items that were to be inside, and even colors that were to be used for weaving the priests’ garments.

 

So much was invested in preparing and building this holy place.  Yet, it was not complete until, "the cloud covered the Tabernacle, and the glory of the Lord filled the Tabernacle” (40:34)

 

The tabernacle became the place where His presence came down to the people.  His Spirit was a tangible, undeniable reality.  It was a consistent reminder of His purity.  The tabernacle was the site where sinners found forgiveness for their rebellion.

 

Today, so much passionate work is devoted to ministry.  Many volunteers arrive early, stay late or both.  There is an investment of time, money, and talent.  Months goes into planning.  

 

Yet, it is all for nothing without the presence of God.  All the preparation, planning, lights, bells, and whistles come up empty if our Heavenly Father is an afterthought.

 

As followers of Christ, God’s desire is that our pursuit of Him will be at the forefront of all we do.