It was time for the children of God to build a Tabernacle in the Wilderness...
And Moses spoke to all the congregation of the children of Israel, saying,
“This is the thing which the Lord commanded, saying:
‘Take from among you an offering to the Lord.
Whoever is of a willing heart, let him bring it as an offering to the Lord...
Exodus 35:4-5 NKJV
And many items were listed...
such as gold, silver, bronze, and more.
All the materials and supplies detailed were exactly as God planned for the building of the Ark of the Testimony, the Tabernacle and all of the items and utensils used by the priests in service to the Lord.
Then everyone came whose heart was stirred, and everyone whose spirit was willing, and they brought the Lord’s offering for the work of the tabernacle of meeting, for all its service, and for the holy garments.
And work began as the skilled craftsmen and gifted artisans which God so planned among the people gave willingly of their wisdom, talent and time.
And each morning the people continued to bring a fresh and new free will offering of supplies for the work.
When something amazing happened...
...all the craftsmen...
doing all the work of the sanctuary came...
and they spoke to Moses, saying,
“The people bring much more than enough
for the service of the work which the Lord commanded us to do.”
So Moses had to actually tell the people
to stop bringing the free will offerings...
And the people were restrained from bringing,
for the material they had was sufficient
for all the work to be done... indeed too much.
How truly amazing!
The gold, silver, bronze...
blue, purple and scarlet thread and fine linen...
animal skins, acacia wood...
precious gems and stones...
oil for the lamps and spices for anointing and incense.
And all of it... was indeed too much?
How could this be...
The children of God led to the wilderness.
Remember the Passover night...
they put blood above the doors,
did not remove their sandals,
and packed unleavened bread...
they held their breath as they heard the cries of the Egyptians.
Until the call for them to go.
How could they know that the extra goods they had packed,
those things their neighbors gave,
even on the way out of town...
would be these same things God would use in this way?
Yet here they were...
Building something so great
in which God would dwell.
Of precious metal, fine craftsmanship
precious stones and anointing oil.
And indeed there was too much...
only our God could do such a thing!
Word of God... train me, today...
to never doubt where my help comes from,
to always remember that what God orders, He pays for!
Lord, I am sorry
for those times I have doubted.
When I worry and I wonder
how I will ever make it through this... or that.
For You have never let me down.
And You never will.
How awesome that today
You are the same God to me...
that You were to those children of Israel
for whom You provided...
indeed too much!
I never need doubt You, Lord.
For You are the Master Creator.
And You will always pay for what You order in my life.
I will trust in You.
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