What an incredible day this must have been for the Israelite people. For some time they had been working on this Tabernacle, so that they would have a constant and worthy place for meeting with God. The Lord had led His people out of Egypt by guiding them through a “pillar of cloud” by day and a “pillar of fire” by night. Following His instructions, however, the people had constructed this Tabernacle, where their leaders could come in and meet with God (in the inner sanctum), and where they could come and worship the Lord. The Scripture says that at the conclusion of their efforts, the Tabernacle was filled with the “awesome glory of the Lord.”
Have you ever wondered what your life, home and church would be like if daily they were filled with the “awesome glory of the Lord?” I can’t help but think that there would be much more joy and peace in our lives – and much less anxiety, stress and distress. I can’t help but think that if the “awesome glory of the Lord” filled our lives, homes and church, that we would have far more power and our lives, families and ministries would be much, much stronger.
What led up to the Lord filling the tabernacle with His “glorious presence?” We’re told in Exodus 25-30 that Moses received direction from the Lord concerning the construction, administration and ministry of this Tabernacle. In Exodus 31, the Lord called gifted individuals to dedicate their talents, time and services to the construction of the Tabernacle. In Exodus 33-34 we find the people of God repenting for the sins they had committed in Exodus 32, and prioritizing seeking and knowing the Lord more than anything else in their lives. Then, in Exodus 35-40, we find the people of God being generous and quite willing to bring sacrificial offerings to cover the costs of the Tabernacle and to furnish the Tabernacle. We also see that they completed the construction and set-up of the Tabernacle (making sure to do exactly what the Lord told them to do). When all of that was completed, just as the Lord had commanded Moses (Exodus 40:32), the Lord filled the Tabernacle with His “glorious presence.”
Here are some lessons we can learn. When God’s leaders get direction from the Lord, we are to follow that direction. We are to generously and sacrificially pool together our time, talents and financial resources so that the work of God can be accomplished. We are to get rid of overt sin in our lives, and hunger for His presence in our lives. We are to seek to obey Him in every aspect of our lives, every day of lives. Then, when we’ve met those criteria, the Lord will fill our “tabernacles” in a fresh new way with His glorious presence and power. What Christian wouldn’t or shouldn’t want that for their lives?
As you pray today: 1) Pray for revelation and direction from the Lord; 2) Pray for the time, energy and financial resources to resource and support what the Lord is doing; and 3) Ask the Lord to give you a fresh hunger and desire for Him and ask for the strength and desire to obey Him throughout your day. I believe that the quality and productivity of our lives will be greatly improved when we live each day with our “tabernacles” filled with the “awesome glory of the Lord!”