You may have heard the phrase, “The devil is in the details,” but have you heard “God is in the details?” The latter is actually the original phrase, but what is interesting is that both phrases revolve around the details. You could summarize the message of these two phrases by saying, “You better pay attention to the details. They will either ruin or reward you.”
Put yourself in real time through Exodus 29-31. Moses is up on the mount receiving the instructions from God. The very instructions you are privileged to read in Exodus. Maybe you are impatient as you read through these passages which are overstuffed with details. You want to rush on to something which excites you. “Let’s move on to some action,” you say! This is the same trap Israel fell into.
You see they were impatient. They found the aura of God on the mount mind numbing. The fear that gripped them had soothed to complacency. They rushed in as fools to create a religion more exciting and to their taste. They fashioned a golden calf to suit their need for entertainment. Paul told us, “Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come. Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall” (1 Corinthians 10:11-12). We need to take heed and avoid the complacency of Israel. God was actively designing each article in the Tabernacle with such precision as to point his children toward His infinite nature. The details reveal the character and personality of God. Jesus Christ was the ultimate expression of God, the living and breathing Tabernacle with men (John 1:14). The Old Testament Tabernacle was also a glimpse into the nature of God.
All religions of the world mask and mystify the reality of God. Through their rules and rituals, they make men search for God through a kaleidoscope. The only place you can clearly see God defined is in His Word. There are times where the delight of His Word lifts your spirit to soar with the eagles. There are other times the details of His Word places you alongside Bezaleel and Aholiab as they fashion each intricate facet of the Tabernacle. Both are equally inspired and valuable for us to understand God.
How many Christians today are not patient enough to develop their relationship with Christ? They need excitement. They move on too quickly instead of being still and knowing God. Don’t rush in like fools. Ask God to help you learn more about him through the details as well as the delights of Scripture.