Last year I accidentally shattered the storm door on the front of my house. It turns out rocks hidden in the grass go flying pretty fast when you set the mower deck too short (I learned that lesson twice). After some work with the shop vac and a trip to the storm door store, I set about installing what I assumed would be a fully-assembled-out-of-the-box storm door. My assumption was wrong, and the rest of my project involved working through a long list of instructions.
8 And let them make me a sanctuary, that I may dwell in their midst. 9 Exactly as I show you concerning the pattern of the tabernacle, and of all its furniture, so you shall make it.Exodus 25:8-9, ESV
Exodus 25 is forty verses of instructions, and if you read ahead a little bit, you’ll see that there are many more verses of instructions to follow. God is very specific regarding exactly how Moses and the people of Israel are to construct the tabernacle and its contents. He sets a high standard and leaves practically nothing to be decided by the Israelites.
The reward for following the instructions on my storm door project was . . . a storm door. The reward for following the instructions given by God in Exodus was truly about as good as it gets: the Almighty God dwelling with His people. As Christians today, we look toward our ultimate reward in Heaven, but we also experience the joy of serving our God here on earth.
What kind of instructions or directions are you getting from God, and how are you following those today?