Exodus 37 - Day 90 (link to reading plan)
Scripture: Exodus 37:17-24
Observation: Bezalel was the master craftsman chosen by God to build His tabernacle. Besides being blessed with natural skills and abilities, God filled him with the Holy Spirit to help him complete the work.
Application: We live in a DIY world where you can learn how to do just about anything by searching the internet. While renovating our older home, I "learned" how to patch holes in our wall, replace toilets, install showers, and a bunch of other skills that I had never done before to save us some money. Although I'm proud of the work that I did, it's pretty obvious that I'm still an amateur who still needs to hone my skills.
God chose Bezalel because he was already a master craftsman who already had thousands of hours of experience. It pays to dedicate your life to your trade so others recognize your abilities.
Prayer: Lord, I want to be known for my love for You. Teach me to worship You with all of my heart.
Exodus 36 - Day 89 (link to reading plan)
Scripture: Exodus 36:2-7
Observation: In chapter 35, Moses invited those who were willing to contribute materials in their possession to build the tabernacle. The response was so tremendous that Moses had to tell everyone to stop giving.
Application: What would our world look like if Christians around the world gave generously to support the work of the Kingdom?
Prayer: Lord, thank You for giving us Your best. Help us to worship You with my giving.
Exodus 35 - Day 88 (link to reading plan)
Scripture: Exodus 35:1-3
Observation: Anyone who works on the Sabbath day must be put to death.
Application: The consequences for violating the Sabbath day was the same as murdering someone. Huh? It's as if God is saying that we need our rest and when we choose not to take time off, that we're "working ourselves to death."
Prayer: Lord, thank You for the gift of Sabbath.
Exodus 34 - Day 87 (link to reading plan)
Scripture: Exodus 34:8-9
Observation: Moses pleads for God to go with them, as he acknowledges that the Israelites are a stubborn and rebellious people, so they need His help to survive.
Application: Notice the pronouns Moses uses to describe the people and their (collective) iniquities and sins. When confronting Pharaoh, Moses referred to the Israelites as God's people. Here, Moses recognizes and accepts the responsibility that he is their leader. Moses has certainly grown and matured since the burning bush.
Prayer: Lord, please travel with us.
Exodus 33 - Day 86 (link to reading plan)
Scripture: Exodus 33:16
Observation; Moses beseeches the Lord to travel with the Israelites as he recognizes that God's presence is the only thing that differentiates them from the rest of the world.
Application: If a robber broke into your home, would he know that you're an apprentice of Jesus? What differentiates you from the rest of the world? Our relationship with Jesus should be noticeable to those around us.
Prayer: Lord, thank You for sanctifying me