This past week has been super busy for me, (thus, the lack of blogging)but the instructional training for my new job is now completed. I did have an opportunity this Tuesday to teach my home Bible study, which has been on hold for a few weeks. We talked mostly about the plan for the building of the tabernacle that God gave to Moses in the Old Testament. Studying the tabernacle is always fascinating to me. If you study it out, you can see that the tabernacle is really a type or foreshadowing of New Testament salvation. It seems like everytime I study the tabernacle, something new jumps out at me. When you look at the picture of the tabernacle, you can see that it is surrounded by tents. God gave the Israelites specific instructions on where they were to camp and set up their tents. Certain groups were assigned to the north, south, east and west of the tabernacle. So every morning when those Israelites woke up and looked out of their tents, what would they see? They saw the tabernacle, the place where the presence of God dwelt!God was literally in the center of them, and I don’t believe that was an accident.
I believe it’s still God’s desire to be the center of our lives. The question is, will we let Him have that place? If we’re not careful we can let things or reponsibilities or even people take that number 1 position in our hearts that God wants to fill. I can usually tell when I’m “off center.” It seems like the first thing to go is my joy. I may start feeling stressed or a little depressed or snap easily at my loved ones, and most of the time when this happens, if I’m really honest with myself, I can see that I have let something slip. Perhaps I’ve gotten so busy that I’ve allowed myself to miss out on daily prayer a few times or I begin to neglect my Bible reading. Thank God He is merciful enough to let us know when we are “drifting”, and if we’ll heed His voice, we can repent and get our heart back to the place where it needs to be.
So, I guess I’m writing this to remind myself and anyone else that may need it to strive to keep the Lord at the center of our lives. I can’t afford to put God on the back burner, because it not only affects me, but it can affect others that the Lord may want to use me to reach. Help me Lord, to keep you smack dab in the middle of my world!
In closing, I wanted to share another cool thing about the tabernacle. If you were up in an airplane or helicopter and you could look down at the formation of the tabernacle and the way the Israelites were encamped around it, it would look like a giant cross. God is so good with object lessons!
And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me.(Jesus)