February 8 “Are you dazzling?”

Are you dazzling?

Are you dazzling those around you with the light of Christ? Do others see the difference He has made in your life?

Today’s Readings:
Exodus 27.1-21 & Exodus 28.1-43
Psalm 20.1-5
Proverbs 7.1-5
Matthew 24.29-51

Exodus 27.1-21 & Exodus 28.1-43

Are you dazzling?

Verse 28:2, “You shall make a holy garment for Aaron your brother; for glory and for beauty.” A friend shared the following about this verse, “This is a short but fantastic description of how God does things; in a way that reflects His glory and in a way that is simply beautiful. As you read about all these materials, just imagine the pure gold; the sparkling gems that had the names of Israel’s tribes engraved in them; the magnificent fabrics and the rich wood used. God could’ve made the tabernacle utilitarian – getting the job done but no shine to the place. Instead, He chose the extravagance of beauty and in doing so, gave us a lesson on His character and how He would like for us to live – in a way that ascribes glory to Him and in a way that dazzles those around us!” Continue reading

February 7 “More valuable than gold”

More valuable than gold

What value to you place on God’s Word? Do you see it as valuable? Do your actions back up your claim?

Today’s Readings:
Exodus 25 & 26
Psalm 19:7-14
Proverbs 6:32-35
Matthew 24:1-28

Exodus 25 & 26

Not by chance

The first thing that strikes me as I read the instructions God gave Moses for building the tabernacle, its furniture and implements, is that our God is a God of order and planning. Nothing was made or created by chance! How that flies in the face of the theory of evolution with the premise that life began by chance. The idea that all that we see: the wonder of creation, the intricacies of the human body, the birth of a baby … happened by chance, requires more faith than I have. It requires less faith to believe the truth!

Giving from the heart

The second thing is that those who gave to the building of the tabernacle were to do so willingly and from the heart (25:2). 2 Corinthians 9:7 says that God loves a cheerful giver and Luke 6:38 says that we receive blessings in proportion to our generosity. With God the heart attitude is always the important thing. We are not to give either out of compulsion or with a “what can I get in return” attitude, rather willingly and from the heart. Continue reading