God Came Looking for Us!

24 Oct


Then have them make a sanctuary for me and I will dwell among them. Exodus 25:8-9

In this chapter God gave extreme detail about how He wanted His sanctuary to be built. Isn’t it amazing that these Israelites were only experienced in making bricks out of mud and straw, however this did not stop God. He supplied the skill and talent to get the job done even though they may have looked like an unlikely bunch.

The Tabernacle was to be the place where God would dwell and guide His people during their wilderness journey. Everything about this tabernacle was meant to be a symbol of something so much greater than a building made with hands. It was built to show the intricacy of how God’s very presence would one day dwell in the hearts of men.

And guess where the Israelites got all of this material to build this tabernacle….from the Egyptians. This was a direct fulfillment of prophecy given to Abraham years before.

However, these blessings the people received from the Egyptians were not received to make them  rich. They were given so they could give back to the Lord. The same principle works today. God does not pour out blessings of prosperity on us so we can horde it up and create a grand lifestyle. Blessings are given so we can give back to His work, to the church and to help those in need.

God is still building His church today and He wants to use each one of us to get the job done. We may feel that we have nothing to offer so we hold back. However God takes our natural talents and gifts and enhances them. In actuality it is not what we can do but what God can do through us.

This is what makes Christianity different than any other belief system on earth. All other religions are about man looking for God, but God the Creator of the Universe, is actually looking of us!


Susan Pippin


How Close?

21 Oct


Then He said to Moses, “Come up to the Lord, you and Aaron, Nadab and Abihu and seventy of the elders of Israel.” Exodus 24:1

Can you imagine what an incredible experience it must have been to be called to receive the stone tablets of the laws of God? Moses was drawn into the presence of God on Mount Sinai.  Aaron, Nadab and Abihu worshiped at a distance but Moses was able to go close.

Moses was invited to stay with God for almost a month and a half. Talk about an adrenalin rush! He’d been at the burning bush. He’d watched God bring plagues upon Egypt. He was there when God opened the way across the Red Sea. He’d seen water springing from a Rock and Manna from God’s hand. Through each experience his faith increased and then he was invited to speak with Him one on one. The people remained at a distance. Moses, Joshua, Nadab and Abihu, Aaron and seventy elders went further up the mountain. Then Moses and Joshua went further. Then only Moses went into the cloud of God’s presence.

That’s the opportunity we have through Christ….. entrance into the holy throne room of God! We can speak one on one with the God of the universe. How close will you come to God today? God invites you today to draw near to Him, as close as you choose to go.

His Word tells us that if you “Come near to God, He will come near to you.” James 4:8

Blessings for a wonderful weekend,

Susan Pippin

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