“Then have them make a sanctuary for me, and I will dwell among them. Make this tabernacle and all its furnishings exactly like the pattern I will show you. “Have them make a chest of acacia wood—two and a half cubits long, a cubit and a half wide, and a cubit and a half high. Overlay it with pure gold, both inside and out, and make a gold molding around it. Cast four gold rings for it and fasten them to its four feet, with two rings on one side and two rings on the other. Then make poles of acacia wood and overlay them with gold. Insert the poles into the rings on the sides of the chest to carry it. The poles are to remain in the rings of this ark; they are not to be removed. Then put in the ark the Testimony, which I will give you. –Exodus 25:8-16 (NIV)
You have got to be kidding me; is it really necessary to read through this!? That was my first thought when I read this during a Bible study as a new believer. Listed above is only nine verses…I had to grin and bear it through the entire instruction manual for building the tabernacle, which actually spans across three chapters in Exodus. Is God truly concerned about such attention to detail? Since then, one thing that I have found to be true is the fact that if God was not interested in those very specific details, the Words would not be included in the Bible. He does and speaks all things on purpose!
Have you ever had a conversation with someone whereas their non-descriptive words resulted in you listening haphazardly out of sheer boredom? I have come to realize that I tend to listen to God in a similar manner when He puts an impression on my heart that’s a bit vague….one ear on Him and the other on the background noise. On the other hand, when He gives a very detail oriented impression, I typically have pen and paper in hand, all the while leaning in closer to make sure I don’t miss a Word. It has been in those times of leaning in that the foundation of an intimate relationship was built.
Could it be that attention to detail, in ways that may appear to be so trivial, is actually a test to see if we can be trusted in the little things? Obedience in the little things just may be a precursor to being trusted with a larger assignment. Nevertheless, beware of the ever popular thought of ruling out the detail oriented impressions, due to the possibility of becoming legalistic…whereas, it is said that “grace has taken care of legalism”. I’m sure there are a great deal of opportunities to be used by God in a greater capacity but because we can’t wrap our mind around it or simply don’t want to be bothered with the small stuff, we disqualify ourselves from being used in larger than life assignments.
Lord, I thank You that You are the lover of my soul and You desire for me to make You the lover of my heart as well. Help me to lean in closer and feed on every detail that flows from Your mouth so that I can be fully qualified to participate in larger than life assignments.