Mirror … mirror … How many times today have you checked yourself in the mirror? What’s more important to you: how you look to others or the progress of God’s work?
Exodus 37 & 38
Mirror … mirror … how many times have you looked today?
Bezelel and the others God had blessed with the talent and ability to craft the furniture and implements for this magnificent temple continued with their work. God was using all this beauty to give His people a little glimpse of His beauty and creativity and glory.
But one little verse jumped out at me as I read this passage. Verse 38.8, “He made the laver of bronze and its base of bronze, from the bronze mirrors of the serving women who assembled at the door of the tabernacle of meeting.” He made them from the mirrors of the serving women. Think about it. These were nomadic people living in a desert environment. But they were also women … women who experienced love and marriage and jealousy and a desire to look attractive to their husbands, or perhaps potential husbands.
We walk into our homes and there is a mirror in the entryway, a mirror in the bedroom, a mirror in the bathroom. We go to work or church and … more mirrors. Even in our cars, we flip down the mirror for a last minute look. But in the desert, if a woman had a brass hand mirror, I imagine that was really something … possibly a luxury … but they gave them up!
What would that mean to them and what does it say to us? Perhaps it speaks to our need to take our eyes off ourselves, how we look, how we feel, what others see when they look at us, and put our eyes on Him and what He’s doing in the kingdom!
Our God from the womb
Verse 9, “But You are He who took Me out of the womb; You made Me trust while on my mother’s breasts.” This doesn’t mean that David was saved as a baby, but is a beautiful picture of God’s sovereignty, His complete control, and how He is wooing us and blessing us with His goodness, even from birth. James said, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights …” (Jas. 1.17).
Obedience leads to wisdom and growth
As I have said over and over in the last couple of commentaries, God is not withholding His wisdom. It is here in His Word, but we must look for it. It’s not about being smart … or memorizing half the Bible … or sitting in Bible studies week after week and filling our heads with knowledge. It’s about faithfully seeking to know Him better through His Word and time spent with Him. And it’s about having a heart to please Him by choosing to obey what we know to do.
Hebrew 5.14 says, “… solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.” It is by knowing and obeying that we grow in wisdom and maturity. On the other hand, James 1.22 says if we are hearers, sitters in Bible study without applying it, we deceive ourselves. We may think we’re mature. We may even be able to quote a lot of Scripture, even stand up and teach a Bible study ourselves, but we are spiritual lightweights!
No greater love … and obedience
God’s Word is so much more than just commands to obey … so much more than a book filled with principles with which to guide our lives. Its characters are so much more than just examples to avoid or follow. It’s God’s story of redemption, beginning from Genesis 1.1 and continuing through the end of Revelation.
But it does contain commands and principles and great examples. None is greater than the picture we see of Christ and His willingness to lay down His life for us! He was willing to suffer and die that horrible death so that we could be partakers of His grace and forgiveness and so that we could become progressively more and more like Him.
So what are you willing to lay down out of love and gratitude to Him? It’s not just about the big things; it’s also the little mundane things. It’s cheerfully giving up that parking place at the mall without anger or malice or grumbling and complaining. It’s choosing our husband’s favorite restaurant. It’s playing with the kids when we’d rather do something else.
What are you willing to sacrifice so God’s work can be completed in the earth? Are you willing to give up your bronze mirrors to focus on serving Him and loving others!