Read: Exodus 39-40, Matthew 24:1-22
Who doesn’t want to see God’s glory? You’d have to be crazy not to. For many in the church, it is (or maybe should be) our primary pursuit.
We all want the cloud to descend so we can bask in the presence of God. But, for as many of us who pursue the glory, nearly as many never see the fullness of it. Why?
Moses did everything just as the Lord commanded him.
Exodus 40:16 (NIV)
This verse is followed by seven more that state, as the Lord commanded him. Seven. the number of completion and perfection.
And so Moses finished the work.
Exodus 40:33b (NIV)
He did everything the Lord commanded him. Then he finished the work. And only then did the glory of the Lord fill the tabernacle.
Well, I’m just waiting on the Lord. It is to our detriment that we use the word wait. To wait on the Lord has absolutely nothing to do with sitting in silence and everything to do with getting off our blessed assurance and working toward the high calling that God has set before us.
WAIT: To attend to; to perform. To be ready to serve; to obey.
Moses waited on the Lord by doing exactly as he had been commanded. Not only did God give a long list of very specific instructions, but He also sent His Spirit to empower the craftsman to do their work.
We all want the glory, but very few want to do the grunt work required to prepare ourselves and the place for the Lord’s presence. Christianity is not the easy way out, but the narrow road in. We are called to live a life set apart and that life requires work. Lots of work. Hard work.
We have a whole book of commands that we carry around to make us feel good about ourselves, but carrying the book is the most work many are willing to do. If we would only put into practice all the instruction we’ve been given, perhaps we’d see a lot more of that glory we’ve been looking for. A little grunt may go a long way toward the glory.