Daily Devo 1/21/13

“According to all that the Lord had commanded Moses, so the children of Israel did all the work. Then Moses looked over all the work, and indeed they had done it; as the Lord had commanded, just so they had done it. And Moses blessed them.” (Exodus 39:42-43)

The children of Israel had just finished making all the materials for the erection of the tabernacle. They had gone through some ups and downs in their walk thus far with God. They had walked through the Red Sea by faith as they escaped the Egyptians (Exodus 14:21-27), but then had complained about where they would get their food to eat and water to drink (Exodus 16:2-3; 17:1-3). They had heard the voice of God as He gave the 10 commandments at Mt. Sinai (Exodus 20:1-17), but then had failed God by worshipping a golden calf when Moses delayed coming down from Mount Sinai (Exodus 32:1-6). After God had forgiven them, they brought forth fruits of repentance by giving such an abundance of items for the construction of the tabernacle that they had to be restrained from giving more (Exodus 36:6).

The later chapters of the book of Exodus go into great detail about how Israel did exactly what God had told them to do with regard to the construction of the items of the tabernacle. Why? Because these things were written for our learning (Romans 15:4). We demonstrate our love for God by obeying His precise commandments (John 14:15). When we obey God in such a manner we are not trying to earn our salvation. We are showing our love and appreciation for God.

Like Israel, neither I nor my brethren in Christ are always perfect in our walk with God. However, I do appreciate my brethren who seek diligently to show their love to God by obeying His commands. Have a blessed day walking in God’s commandments for you!

“The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes; The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; The judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, Yea, than much fine gold; Sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. Moreover by them Your servant is warned, And in keeping them there is great reward” (Psalm 19:8-11)