Chapter-a-Day Exodus 36

Harvest time in a land of plenty. All the artisans who were at work making everything involved in constructing the Sanctuary came, one after another, to Moses, saying, "The people are bringing more than enough for doing this work that God has commanded us to do!" Exodus 36:4-5 (MSG)

It's harvest time in Iowa as I write this post. For those of us who have grown up in the mid-west, harvest is woven into our sub-conscious tapestry of our experience. An army of green, red, blue and gold combines and tractors spread out across the fertile hills and valleys. Each day the entire landscape changes hue and texture as grain is harvested. The tall, golden stalks of corn that were there yesterday are gone tomorrow. Fields are laid low as mountains of harvested grain appear outside of towns and local co-ops.

Another bumper crop. A bountiful harvest.

I thought of that this morning as I read of the offerings for the Tent of Dwelling. "More than enough." What a great message to receive. We have an abundance. Needs are met. Coffers are filled. Grain bins are bursting.

We are so blessed and I, too often, take it for granted.

God, I have all that I need, and then some. I have more than enough. Teach me contentment. And, by the way, thank you.

Creative Commons photo courtesy of Flickr and newshour

One thought on “Chapter-a-Day Exodus 36”

  1. The people were ordered to stop bringing offerings! There was plenty of material for all the work to be done. Enough and more than enough.
    This may have been the last time in recorded history where a ministry had PLENTY of resources. I’m only sort of kidding. I have been part of numerous ministries since high school and each one it seemed struggled to make ends meet. There always seems to be more work to be done for God than there is resources to do it. It can be very frustrating. Churches who committed to sponsor our campus ministry at ISU just wouldn’t meet their annual pledge. Offerings at church many times fall behind goal. Why is this? As humans are we bad forecasters and planners? Maybe. Sometimes I think God stretches us through these times of financial struggle. Either way, it’s pretty cool to read about Moses calling off the donations. Man would I like to be in that place with youth group!

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