“Then you shall erect the tabernacle according to the plan for it that you were shown on the mountain,” Exodus 26:30
I am so in love with the Holy Spirit and His companionship in my life! There is never a dull moment around here because the Holy Spirit’s one of those teachers that can take something as seemingly boring as the details of how the tabernacle is to be built and turn it into something applicable for my life personally TODAY! The Word of God is alive and active and sharper than a two-edged sword, but when paired with the Holy Spirit, the Word of God is never dull! (I would say pardon the pun, but I TOTALLY intended it!)
You see, God has plans for me. He has plans for YOU. He has plans for our welfare and not for evil, to give us a future and a hope. When we call upon Him, and come and pray to Him, He hears us. When we seek Him with all our hearts we will find Him. (Jeremiah 29:11-13) And when we draw near to Him on the mountaintop through prayer and daily Bible reading He shares those plans with us. It’s amazing!
In today’s reading we find two instances where God, in His instructions on how to build the tabernacle, refers to the “plan for it that [Moses was] shown on the mountain”. (26:30 & 27:8) So here we find that God has shown Moses “the plan”, whether he’s gotten to go visit the heavenly version of the tabernacle or just see the blueprints for it, we’re not sure. But we can infer by the scriptures that he has been shown a picture for it, he’s been given a vision on how it’s supposed to look when finished.
Proverbs 29:18 tells us that “where there is no vision, the people perish; but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.” (KJV) And I have found this proverb to be so true! When I’m moving forward but I haven’t received “the plan” yet, I make myself sick with worry that I’m going to do it wrong. OR, I’ve received the plan (aka His command or law) but I’m not following it, I make myself miserable trying to do things my way instead of His. Ahhhh…. and therein lies the rub. Because, while God is usually more than happy to share His plans with us on the mountaintop, Satan is always more than happy to steal them as soon as we get back down and try to carry them out.
Satan is doing everything in his power to stop us from carrying out God’s will. But he can’t curse what has been blessed by God. He can try, but he won’t succeed. Especially if we understand the way things work around here and remember WHO is in charge.
We are children of God (John 1:12) we are co-heirs with Christ (Romans 8:17) WE are the authority over Satan and his minions, NOT the other way around. Just look at the reaction of the seventy-two disciples that Jesus sent ahead of Him into the surrounding cities.
“The seventy-two returned with joy, saying ‘Lord, even the demons are subject to us in your name!’ And He said to them, ‘I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you. Nevertheless, do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.” (Luke 10:17-20)
My friends, I would like to point out that this was BEFORE the cross, before the resurrection and before the Holy Spirit had been given to them!!! And these were not the top twelve disciples either. These were the guys that were left over after the twelve had already been chosen. That means that this is a gift that is TOTALLY available to us now. Any of us. Whether we feel like we’re in the top twelve or the bottom seventy-two, if we have chosen to follow Christ we have been given dominion over the Enemy!
In the Garden of Eden God cursed the serpent and told him that while he would bite our heels, we would crush his head. (Genesis 3:15) Wouldn’t you say that this statement from Jesus (Luke 10:17-20) would be a fulfillment of that curse upon the serpent and his descendants?
So yes, while Satan may be doing everything in his power to foil our plans to glorify God, his power is nothing compared to the power living and breathing and dwelling within our chests! We have been given power and dominion over Satan. We have been given a direct line to the King of kings and the Lord of lords. We have been given HIS SPIRIT to tap into at any point that we choose.
There is NOTHING that Satan can do to you. Except convince you that none of what I just told you is true. And that’s precisely what he does. He convinces us that we’re powerless against him. That there is no way that we will be able to accomplish whatever task God has placed before us and has asked us to help Him with. Sure He could do it on His own, but then we wouldn’t be part of the blessing or the miracle and He wants to include us in them because He loves us. So He takes us up onto the mountain, shows us the impossible plan, then sends us back down the mountain to carry it out. Where we find we can’t; not by ourselves anyway.
And that’s the whole point. His plans for us are not small, they are not insignificant, they are not minor, they’re IMPOSSIBLE. And the ONLY way that we can accomplish them is to call on Him for help with every single step of the process. Why? Because while we’re building the tabernacle, He’s building us.