Exodus 26:1-2 “‘1 Moreover you shall make the tabernacle with ten curtains of fine twisted linen and Or violet blue and purple and scarlet material; you shall make them with cherubim, the work of a skillful workman. 2 The length of each curtain shall be twenty-eight cubits, and the width of each curtain four cubits; all the curtains shall have the same measurements.’”
Do you know how long 28 cubits is? It’s 42 feet. So, each curtain was 42 feet long and 6 feet wide. That’s a lot of fabric. Where did all this fabric come from? They are in the wilderness? There wasn’t a neighborhood Walmart to run to. There wasn’t a Hancock’s Fabrics to order from. All this material came from the people who had brought it with them from their Egyptian masters. Remember they had “plundered” Egypt when they left.
My point is this – God had a plan for the tabernacle long before the people left Egypt. The people had no idea why they were carrying all the material with them except maybe to have clothes along the way. God had a bigger plan. He was going to have them build His temporary “home” among them with these items.
A lot of the time your children do not understand why they have to do the things you ask them to do. They don’t see the big picture. They only see the “now.” Teaching them manners now will benefit them later. Teaching them how to dress properly will be good to know when they get older. Teaching your sons to respect their sisters will show them how to treat other women in their lives. The list goes on and on.
Details matter. Read a portion of this chapter and ask them what they think about all these numbers and measurements. They will probably say, “I don’t know. I hate math.” But once you explain the whole story to them they may just begin to understand that God had a plan long before they started building this tabernacle in the desert. He has a similar plan for their lives.
What is God trying to build in your life? Are you confused by the “materials” He is using? Maybe He is using hard times. Maybe He is using a new boss. Perhaps He is using your past experiences. God only uses what is absolutely necessary to “build” us into the shape He wants us. Enjoy the process.