In Exodus 40 we see God giving Moses instructions about setting up the tabernacle for the first time. Instead of starting with the outer court and the laver, Moses was to build the tabernacle first, place the ark of the covenant in its place, and go from there. After all, the tabernacle had been built for the purpose of holding the Ark of the Covenant.
The tabernacle is a figure of God’s habitation. The ark, a symbol of God’s presence, was to have preeminence over all the other items that went into God’s new home.
When we become followers of Christ, the temptation is to try to do everything at once and deal with all of our shortcomings as quickly as humanly possible. Your pastor tells you from stage that fixing your marriage is priority #1. Joyce Meyer tells you to get your act together as you watch the new Christian station. The friend that introduced you to Christ is calling to invite you to a Celebrate Recovery group. That book that your mom recommended gives you 5 steps to financial freedom you have to take this week. In short, you feel overwhelmed with this Christianity thing!
Don’t worry! As with Moses, God will give you daily direction as you make your heart his home. But you must know that He will always put first things first. His presence inside of our hearts is what makes us his tabernacle, so we should endeavor to nurture our relationship with him daily. Exodus 40:21 tells us that Moses “brought the ark into the tabernacle and hung the shielding curtain and shielded the ark of the covenant law, as the Lord commanded him.”
First things first. Get to know God, give him preeminence in your life and He will begin ordering your life daily. Hide his Word in your heart and listen to his wisdom. The worst thing you can do is worry about everything that needs to be fixed and neglect the One who can fix it all. The ark is in place and that is huge! Now get ready for some miraculous changes in your life.
- Mercy Alarid is the Creative Arts Pastor of Passion Church. Mercy has a Master's degree in Education. Mercy is a member of the faculty of Central New Mexico Community College, where she is an instructor in the Education department. Mercy has been married to Brian for 17 years and they reside in Albuquerque, New Mexico with their 3 children: Chloe, Colin, and Lauren.