Scripture Reading: Exodus 36:8-39:32
I don’t know about you, but there are times when I’ve planned, prayed and gotten things ready to take on a huge project, but by the time it comes to do the work, I’m already exhausted! I feel like a woman who’s nine months pregnant, but when it comes time to push, I don’t have the strength.
When we feel like we can’t push any farther, that’s often when we need to push the most. That’s often the culmination of all that we’ve worked so hard to achieve up to that point. If we stop pushing at the moment of delivery, we’re going to shortchange, and possibly even abort, the whole plan.
We’ve come to that point in the book of Exodus, too. We’re on Lesson 47 out of 50. With just three lessons to go, the people are finally ready to do the work that God had given Moses such a detailed vision for back on the mountaintop. Take a look at just a few of the verses as the work begins:
“All the skilled men among the workmen made the tabernacle with ten curtains of finely twisted linen and blue, purple and scarlet yarn, with cherubim worked into them by a skilled craftsman. All the curtains were the same size―twenty-eight cubits long and four cubits wide. They joined five of the curtains together and did the same with the other five. Then they made loops of blue material along the edge of the end curtain in one set, and the same was done with the end curtain in the other set. They also made fifty loops on one curtain and fifty loops on the end curtain of the other set, with the loops opposite each other. Then they made fifty gold clasps and used them to fasten the two sets of curtains together so that the tabernacle was a unit” (Exodus 36:8-13).
The description of all the work continues in similar detail for another three chapters. Sometimes we can skip over these details in the Bible, but this is the foundation for what God called them to do. They came out of the desert to worship God, and now they’re building a place of worship to do it.
When I studied this passage initially, I heard about a songwriting contest. I had written a song about five years earlier that I really liked and had put a lot of time into, but never recorded it. The contest turned out to be just the thing I needed to finally spur me on to do the work and get it recorded. Although I didn’t exactly have the time to mess with this kind of thing, I felt like I needed to follow through on all the work I had previously done on the song.
So I stepped out of my comfort zone and sent an email to a woman in California. I loved her voice, but didn’t have any money to pay her for this project. I asked her if she’d still be willing to record the song for this contest, anyway. Amazingly, she said, “Yes,” and asked some of her friends to help her record it.
It turned out to be a beautiful recording, and although we didn’t win the contest, I was so thankful to have it recorded. When I called to thank her for her work on it, she said, “Oh, no, thank you! Thank you for asking and letting me do it!” She told me how the song had really ministered to her that week as she worked on it. Had I not “made the call” to get the work done, the song still wouldn’t be recorded, and those involved would have missed out on the blessing it turned out to be to them as well.
I know how hard it can be to “do the work” when the time finally comes to do it.
But for whatever project God’s given you, don’t lose heart. Don’t lose strength. This final push could be what finally delivers your “baby.” Many people will be blessed through your work, including those who work on it with you!
So don’t give up. Don’t give in. Don’t stop pushing now. Do the work! And get it done!
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