BEFORE YOU BUILD (1)
July 16, 2013
“You must build…according to the pattern I will show you.” Ex 25:9 NLT
Go to God for the plan. God told Moses: “You must build this tabernacle and its furnishings exactly according to the pattern I will show you.” God knows what you will need in the future, you don’t. He prepared Noah a hundred years in advance of the flood. He prepared Joseph to feed Egypt seven years in advance of the famine. Without God’s guidance the best you’ll ever have are estimates, educated guesswork and projections. “To the Israelites at the foot of the mountain, the glory of the Lord appeared at the summit like a consuming fire. Then Moses disappeared into the cloud as he climbed higher up the mountain. He remained on the mountain forty days and forty nights” (Ex 24:17-18 NLT). Moses spent over a month waiting in God’s presence for direction. Why? Because what he was building had to meet the needs of God’s people for generations. So go to the place of prayer. Tell those around you, “I’m not coming back till I hear from God and get His plan!” When God orders it, He pays for it. But when He doesn’t give the order, and you decide to do it anyway, you’re on your own! Why? Because you won’t have confidence to go to Him in your time of need. Unless you start right, you won’t finish right. You say, “But I’m nobody special. Why would God speak to someone like me?” If God has called you, and He has, then you’re special. His promise is, “If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God…and it will be given to him” (Jas 1:5 NIV).