Spiritual Food for Thought for the Weekend
“The Holy Spirit”
“Moreover, you shall make the tabernacle with ten curtains of fine twined linen and blue and purple and scarlet yarns; you shall make them with cherubim skillfully worked into them. 2 The length of each curtain shall be twenty-eight cubits, and the breadth of each curtain four cubits; all the curtains shall be the same size. 3 Five curtains shall be coupled to one another, and the other five curtains shall be coupled to one another. 4 And you shall make loops of blue on the edge of the outermost curtain in the first set. Likewise you shall make loops on the edge of the outermost curtain in the second set. 5 Fifty loops you shall make on the one curtain, and fifty loops you shall make on the edge of the curtain that is in the second set; the loops shall be opposite one another. 6 And you shall make fifty clasps of gold, and couple the curtains one to the other with the clasps, so that the tabernacle may be a single whole.
For the past few days, we have been reading about the tabernacle and the furnishings that the Israelites were commanded to build. This chapter contains detailed instructions for setting up God’s tent – the tabernacle in the wilderness. Tabernacle in the Bible means, “dwelling place”. It was supposed to serve as God’s own dwelling place so that He could be with the children of Israel.
Today, we no longer have to go to a tent to be in the presence of God, we can invite Him to come and meet us wherever we may be because of the Holy Spirit. Oftentimes we forget that the presence of God can be with us outside of the church doors. His presence, that same presence that dwelled in the Tabernacle, can be with us today in our churches, on our jobs, in our hospital rooms, in our homes etc. What does the Holy Spirit do in our lives?
- He Comforts Us – In John 16 when Jesus tells his disciples he was going away to the Cross, he reminds them that the Spirit will be their comforter. He still brings peace and comfort in our darkness moments.
- He Illuminates our minds to understand the Scriptures (Lk 24; 1 Cor. 2) – As one author puts it, “God’s mind is revealed in the Holy Scriptures but we can see nothing without the spectacles of the Holy Spirit” (Thomas Manton)
- He Empowers us for ministry – The Spirit gifts us and empowers us to do ministry (1 Cor. 12:11); and this is done primarily through our witness.
Are you relying on the Spirit in these areas of your life? Let’s depend on Him today.
Prayer: Lord, give me greater dependence on the Holy Spirit in my everyday life. May the Spirit’s working continually be evident in my work, home and witness in the world. Bible Reading: 2 Corinthians 11-12