Today we read a very intricate listing... an inventory.
This is the inventory of the tabernacle...
the tabernacle of the Testimony,
which was counted according to the commandment of Moses,
for the service of the Levites, by the hand of Ithamar, son of Aaron the priest.
Bezalel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah,
made all that the Lord had commanded Moses.
And with him was Aholiab the son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan,
an engraver and designer,
a weaver of blue, purple, and scarlet thread, and of fine linen.
Exodus 38:21-23 (NKJV)
But what I love about our Lord...
is that not only is He a detailed God, of order and pattern,
as He directed the construction of the Ark of the Testimony and
the Tabernacle, but He is also a God who holds us accountable.
And so we should be.
These very skilled workers were using precious metals...
gifts given as a free will offering by the children of Israel.
And those gifts were actually provided to them by God.
As all good things are.
So God called for an inventory... and accounting by one of the priests.
Every material given and taken into the treasury of the free will offering
had to measured, so that when it was used, it was accounted for.
And upon completion, nothing was wasted,
nothing was compromised,
nothing was taken or used inappropriately.
And God was honored in it all.
And He longs for us to be accountable with all He provides.
So let us take an inventory...
even of our heart.
Word of God... train me, today
to be a faithful steward of all that You provide,
to take an inventory of thanksgiving, remembering You own it all.
Lord, help me loosen my grasp
on what is around me.
Remind me that it all is from Your generous hand.
Stir my heart,
give me a willing spirit,
to not only be generous
with my possessions...
with my time, my talent, my words and my actions
that I can be used
so that others will be blessed by You.
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