Attention To Detail

January 31, 2013
by Cassandra Wessel

Exodus 40:4-7 – Bring in the table and set out what belongs on it. Then bring in the lampstand and set up its lamps. Place the gold altar of incense in front of the ark of the Testimony and put the curtain at the entrance to the tabernacle. Place the altar of burnt offering in front of the entrance to the tabernacle, the Tent of Meeting; place the basin between the Tent of Meeting and the altar and put water in it. (NIV)

When my daughter married a man from Great Britain, it became obvious that she would soon be living there. The huge number of things that she had to do just to gain the visa was mind-boggling. She paid great attention to every detail and jumped through numerous bureaucratic hoops simply because she loved her husband and wanted to be with him. She worked exceedingly hard so that they could be reunited.

Similarly, God goes to amazing lengths to show us His love, concerning Himself with even the smallest details of our human lives. For example, this week, on my yearly read-through of the Bible, as I read today's Scripture passage, God's caring leapt out as I realized that He paid attention to little details like the placement of the menorah and a basin of water when they set up the tabernacle.

It seems to me that if God cares enough to specify this, then He certainly cares about the little things, and the large things, in our lives. Our God is no far-off, uncaring deity who set the planet spinning on its axis and then forgot about the people on it. God cares enough to ensure that we will be with Him throughout all eternity. He even told us His plan through numerous prophecies, such as this one:

Isaiah 53:3-5,11-12 – He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering. Like one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed. After the suffering of his soul, he will see the light of life and be satisfied; by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many, and he will bear their iniquities. Therefore I will give him a portion among the great … because he poured out his life unto death, and was numbered with the transgressors. For he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors. (NIV)

Through Christ's death on the cross and resurrection from the grave, God did everything necessary to provide forgiveness for those who believe in Him so that they could live forever. All we need to receive this is to offer a heartfelt prayer similar to the following one:

Prayer: Loving God, I come in Jesus' name acknowledging that I have fallen short of Your loving standards for living the best possible life. I ask for forgiveness for my rebelliousness, shortcomings, and sins. I believe that Jesus made a way for me to come to You when He died and rose again. I ask now for His Spirit to live and rule in my life. Amen.

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Cassandra Wessel <casswessel@ymail.com>
Tionesta, Pennsylvania, USA

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Amen to your prayer!


    Thanks Cass for another good challenge.


    Good one Cass, Thank you.
    Blessings to you always.


    Cassandra, this is very good as always with when you share with us . May God hear our prayers. Thank you.


    Sandy
    Thanks for the analogy. I pray with you that some who have not received Jesus as their Lord and saviour will accept your “altar call” today.
    Blessings.


    Dear Cass:
    Thank you for this devotional and the importance of tending to little details – like remembering how caring God is about even the minutest detail of our lives. We serve an amazing Lord!
    Blessings on you as you begin and walk through this day – covered by Grace!


    Dearest Cass!
    Blessed Beyond Measure,
    Highly Favoured,
    Deeply Loved!!!
    Thanks for writing.
    WELL said.
    Be encouraged in your well-doing.


    Cass – the tabernacle is one of my favorite studies in the Old testament. Interestingly, the position of each piece of furniture forms a cross toward the east where the tribe of Judah is encamped. Nothing was left to the imagination of man as God designed the whole plan! It is comforting to know He is equally in control of every aspect of our lives. Thank you for writing this excellent devotional.
    Blessings.


    Cassandra,
    This is very good.
    During my conversion to God, I found out that He Who built the universe with His big hands, was also able to get into the little nooks and crannies of our life to fix those as well. I did not think that God could be so skillful!
    I had to throw out everything that I had been taught about God and deal with God Himself in this process. It was unpleasant but
    necessary, like taking a cold shower in the back yard because you are too muddy to come into the house!
    So, through this cleansing, humbling process, I began the walk (like the Prodigal Son) back to my Father’s house. I have not reached there yet, but each day it draws a bit closer.
    God love you and keep writing,
    (Texas)


    Hi Cassandra,
    I really enjoyed your submission for today. I too am fascinated by God’s attention to detail throughout the building of the temple and the clothing of each of the persons that serve in it. That is the reasons why I cringe when I see how some people come to church … not in their Sunday best. God is a God of detail. One has only to look at the marvels of His creation. Or, read how carefully the garb for those who served in the temple was laid out. But as you say, God’s attention to the minutia of life is truly amazing. He supplies all our need; He satisfies all our longings. Those who trust Him can depend on Him for the least little detail of their lives. And such a God is our God!
    I can’t but think of the last thing Jesus did on the cross to fulfill scripture to last detail of prophesy when he said, “I thirst.”
    Good subject for today Cassandra.


    Thank you. Your prayer is certainly one that can repeat every day, fervently.

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