Daily Devotion

December 19, 2013

Placement Releases the Glory of God

When Moses came down from Mount Sinai…he was not aware that his face was radiant because he had spoken with the Lord.
—Exodus 34:29 (NIV)

Proper placement releases the glory of God on your life. In the book of Exodus, God told Moses how to construct the tabernacle:

I have put wisdom in the hearts of all who are gifted artisans, that they may make all that I have commanded you: the tabernacle of meeting, the ark of the Testimony and the mercy seat that is on it, and all the furniture of the tabernacle; the table and its utensils, the pure gold lampstand with all its utensils, the altar of incense, the altar of burnt offering with all its utensils, and the laver and its base; the garments of ministry, the holy garments for Aaron the priest and the garments of his sons, to minister as priests, and the anointing oil and sweet incense for the holy place. (Exodus 31:6–11)

God gave specific dimensions, colors, and furniture placement, and even specified the garments that were to be worn there. The priests did exactly what God said, and the results were spectacular. “Then the cloud covered the tabernacle of meeting, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle” (Exodus 40:34). In 2 Chronicles, after Solomon completed the more permanent temple and all the furniture was properly placed, the Scripture says, “Fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices; and the glory of the Lord filled the temple” (2 Chronicles 7:1). The right place and the right job release the glory of God upon our lives.

Likewise, our very lives can release the glory of God when we live according to His will. All that is required to do this is the willingness to go where God wants to send you. The word hineni in the Old Testament was used three times. It means “here am I.” Abraham said it; Isaac said it; Isaiah said it. There’s a right place for you, but you have to say, “Hineni.” Say, “Here am I, Lord. Send me; use me for Your glory. Do something in my life!” God will hear and answer everyone who calls out to Him, and He will show you the place where you need to be to display His matchless glory to the world.

Holy God, I praise You for the opportunity to reflect Your holy glory to the world. Continue to refine me and guide me as I come into the place where I will be best suited for Your service. In Your beautiful name I pray, amen.