Order and Patience

Moses inspected the construction of the tabernacle and saw that the Israelites had done just as the Lord had commanded. In Exodus 40, the Lord told Moses to “Set up the tabernacle, the tent of meeting, on the first day of the first month (v. 1)”. Then the Lord gave Moses other instructions before using the tabernacle for worship.

So the tabernacle was erected and then Moses was guided by God in the arranging of the tabernacle furnishings along with anointing of the holy things. Moses did exactly as God commanded him in assembling the tabernacle but it took time to carry out the long list of tasks to complete. Then on the first day of the first month in the second year the tabernacle was completely set up (v. 17).

Then a cloud covered the tent of meeting and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle (v. 34). The cloud was like the Holy Spirit guiding the Israelites as they traveled. When the cloud lifted from above the tabernacle, they would set out. The cloud of the Lord was over the tabernacle by day and fire was in the cloud by night (v. 38).

Our lives should be characterized by order and patience as demonstrated in today’s passage. There is freedom in obeying God’s way because God cares for us more than we care for ourselves. So look to the Lord for guidance because He understands what we need and what needs to be done.

This day with You Lord, we look to Your Word and pray for direction for the rest of this day. We strive for good habits like planting Your Word in our hearts, studying, and obeying. We pray that we build our life with orderliness and patience similar to how the tabernacle was built. We praise You for this day and the instructions You give as we set out to give You glory. Amen!

About Mark Shields

Mark volunteers as a member of the media ministry team at his church. A few years ago, he started an on-line Bible study guide called “This Day with God Devotional”. He uses this as a tool in his journey through the Bible. We live in a very busy world with busy schedules so this tool has helped him continue with daily Bible reading and study. Each of the studies are designed to help apply our faith in the work place, at school, or at home. Join him on this journey or check in every so often to read his thoughts.
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