5/30/2011

Thankful for the Detail


I actually think I’ve blogged about this before, but if I have, forgive me.

Last week I read what can often be considered some of the “tedious” chapters of the Old Testament—the details of the tabernacle’s construction. Now I know there is so much to learn from these dense chapters when studying each detail in depth, but last week I found great comfort in this portion of Scripture simply because of the minutiae of detail.

Think about it. God cared about the exact dimensions, the exact construction, the exact materials that went into building His tabernacle. It wasn’t a whim. Or a gaudy showplace. Or something slapped together, ready to collapse at the first blast of wind. He accounted for every contingency, including the weather and the moving of it from one place to another. And so He gave Moses the plan in excruciating detail.

Fast-forward a few thousand years. Paul tells us in I Corinthians 6:19 that our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit. Do you think God cares any less about the details of His living temples than He did of His moveable one in the desert? Or of the one He again detailed when Solomon was ready to build a more permanent structure? No. God is unchanging. If the details of His dwelling place were important to Him then, they are important to Him now.

So that’s where I rest, receiving great comfort from the reading of dimensions and construction materials. He knows the intricate design He has planned for my life. And He won’t let one detail of it fall by the wayside. After all, I am His temple.


8 comments:

vvdenman.com said...

Excellent. And I really needed to hear this today. Thanks, Anne.

Anne Mateer said...

You are very welcome, VV. Always love it when what God reveals to my heart is for more than just me!

Marji Clubine said...

Oh this is exactly what I needed to hear today. God has give such encouragement through you! Thanks so much for being His vessel.

Anne Mateer said...

Glad you stopped by Marji. And thanks for your comment. Y'all are giving ME the much needed encouragement today!

Kay Swatkowski said...

Anne, thank you for reminding us that God has been very interested in details before----why wouldn't He be interested in the details of our lives now? Great site

Anne Mateer said...

Thanks, Kay--both for stopping by my small corner of the world and for your kind words.

Niki Turner said...

I've been thinking along the same lines, how those Old Testament details are mirrors of things in the New. Check out my post last week on the Ark of the Covenant! http://tinyurl.com/3o9o864

Anne Mateer said...

I must have missed it, Niki! (It's been a little crazy with graduation and everything.) I'm going to find it right now.