The Tabernacle was the worship center that the people of Israel carried along with them on their journey out of Egypt on their way to the Promised Land. God gave Moses the extremely detailed plan for the Tabernacle when he was on Mt. Sinai. The detail was so great that it takes about 16 chapter of the Old Testament to fully describe it. Reading it seems tedious, and rather useless for us, but it really is not. Even as Jesus told many parables pointing to truths that were far deeper, so the things that God establishes are intended to teach and ultimately to bring us nearer to Himself. The Apostle Paul wrote, “For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made,…”(Romans 1:20) This challenges us to observe, to think, and to pray. From marriage and family, to the natural world around us, to a look into the cosmos, it is all touched by God’s hand and speaks of things that help to understand Him more fully. Oh the wideness of God’s grace and the depth of His love!
Man has always exalted in his human reason. Reason is important, and a God given gift, but unless reason is guided by the wisdom given from the Lord, it leads to disaster. King Solomon wrote, “There is a way which seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death.”(Proverbs 16:25) Perhaps we need to consider this more fully in our day of genetic experimentation, and other directions in which reason leads. The problem is not new. Isaiah wrote, “You turn things upside down, as if the potter were thought to be like the clay! Shall what is formed say to him who formed it, ‘He did not make me?’ Can the pot say of the potter, ‘He knows nothing’?”(Isaiah 29:16) Godly wisdom can only come of God’s Word. Our faith is build on the conviction that God revealed Himself to mankind. The record of that revelation is in the Bible, and above all in His perfect revelation in the person of Jesus Christ. As wonderful as God’s gift of human reason is, it must yield itself to the truth God has given in His Word.
Why do we believe in God? The same reason we believe in anyone, because we’ve had some contact, some revelation of their existence. Paul tells us that God has revealed Himself through all the things He has made, the incredible complexity of human life and all that surrounds us in this world.(Romans 1:20) But there is far more than this. We believe not only in a creator God, but One who wants a personal relationship with each human being. How did we learn of this? Not just through the wonders of creation. No, but through God’s interaction with mankind over thousands of years. The writer of the New Testament book of Hebrews tells us that, “in the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways…”(1:1) The Bible we have is God’s revealed truth recorded by 40 different men over a period of 1500 years, all telling us of God’s personal actions with mankind, and His continual invitation for people to come closer to Himself. But His revelation has not even stopped there. The Hebrew writer continued saying, “in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe. The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word.”(vss.2-3) God chose to come among us Himself in the person of Jesus. We see God in the perfect revelation of His Son, Jesus Christ. But why do you believe in God, why do I believe in God?” Because God, Himself, through the presence of His Holy Spirit, has opened our hearts and called us to faith. We have every reason to stand firm in the truth of our gracious Lord.
At times we get into discussions about what God does in certain situations. We usually have no answers, and came up against a total mystery. We really don’t like that. Our Yankee ingenuity, problem solving ability, and defeat the bad guy nature doesn’t like to face questions we can’t answer. But, after all, this is God we are talking about. There are many aspects about His divine nature and will that are hidden to us. That is as it must be. If God were no bigger than our human reason He would not be a God worth our trust and worship. But on the other hand, there are many today that worship only there own human reason! Our God has and does reveal Himself to us in all of the ways that are necessary for our salvation, life, and hope. He has given His greatest revelation in the living person of Jesus Christ. He has shown us ample evidence in Scripture, and in life, that makes Him worthy of our complete trust. In all eternity we will not know all there is to know about our gracious God, but what we already know today is the strength and joy of life.
We are a people who believe in revelation. That is to say, we believe that Almighty God has communicated certain absolute truths to mankind. We are not left with human reason only, that changes and conforms to current conditions. God is not silent, but over millennia has made his will know through prophets and apostles, and now through His Scriptures. The marvel of our God is that He has never left us alone, but is continually present to strengthen and guide our lives. And that comes down to you and me today. This is the depth of God’s love for us, that He desires to be a part of all we do. His truth and His life is available to us all. God reveals Himself in wonderful ways. Know that He is with you today. Listen to Him speak in His Word, and look for His hand at work in the things you encounter today.