The AMI QT Devotionals from June 17-23 are written by Andy Kim. Andy, a graduate of Northwestern University and Fuller Theological Seminary (M.Div.) currently serves as a staff at Radiance Christian Church in San Francisco. Andy is married to Jane who is a pharmacist, and she is expecting their first child.
June 17, Monday
Devotional Thoughts for Today
The Devil God is in the Details”
“Bezalel made the ark of acacia wood. Two cubits and a half was its length, a cubit and a half its breadth, and a cubit and a half its height. 2 And he overlaid it with pure gold inside and outside, and made a molding of gold around it.”
“You shall make the altar of acacia wood, five cubits long and five cubits broad. The altar shall be square, and its height shall be three cubits. 2 And you shall make horns for it on its four corners; its horns shall be of one piece with it, and you shall overlay it with bronze.
Selective listening. It doesn’t take too much effort to walk away from a conversation and only take away what I want to hear. It’s also tend to ignore what I don’t want to hear, especially things I’ve already heard before. And as you read our passage this morning you may also think, Wait, didn’t I just read this passage a few weeks ago in chapters 25-27? You may even find these instructions for building the temple elsewhere. In fact, it’s these passages I often find myself skipping because it seems repetitive—yet, we see one small, but significant difference.
If you look in chapter 27, God provides what seems to be the same set of instructions starting with the command, “You shall make….” Now notice in our passage this morning that it begins with “Bezalel made….” So the difference is that these chapters serve as the fulfillment of what God commanded Moses to do. What we see here is an absolute trust and obedience to His word—down to the smallest detail. But it’s the small things that are always difficult to listen to because we tend to minimize them. Or worse, we tend to pick and choose what we hear from Him out of our own convenience. And the issue with selectively listening to God is that it leads to selectively obeying Him.
We are reminded in our passage that what seems small and insignificant in our eyes is absolutely necessary for building His temple. Jesus teaches us, “One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much.” For even Jesus, who was God, became small and insignificant in the form of a man to save us. God isn’t impressed with our grand gestures; He’s moved by our faithfulness to His word. May our lives be the fulfillment of His word spoken to us. May we learn to obey Him in all things, not just what we want or is convenient for us so that we live according to His good and perfect will.
Prayer: Father, I confess I only want to hear what I think is good for me. Soften my heart so that I may be sensitive to Your Word. I believe whatever You started in me, You will see it to completion. Purify my desires so that I may faithfully obey You. Amen.
Bible Reading for Today: 2 Samuel 10
Lunch Break Study
Read James 1:21-25: Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. 22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. 24 For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. 25 But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.
Questions to Consider
- We are continuously taught to read His Word as a spiritual discipline. Why should we read His Word?
- How does the Word of God lead us?
- How has the Word of God been speaking to you? Does your life reflect it?
- Only His Word can save our souls and so we are to do everything we can to receive it. However, merely listening to the Word does not mean you are actually receiving it. To receive is to do what the Word of God commands. Apostle John in 1 John 2:3 and John 14:21 says that to know Him is to obey Him.
- James provides this analogy of a man looking in the mirror. As a mirror reveals a man’s face and the things he cannot see, the Word of God reflects the true condition of our heart. It provides the areas we are to change and grow in. Those who allow God’s Word to direct their lives will be blessed.
- Personal Application.
When I was young, my pastor would always point us to Colossians 3:23 where Paul writes, “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men.” The example he always gave was that even in our study habits, we could glorify God. Either this was the greatest ploy to get us to study more, or it was indeed true. He is to be glorified in all areas of our lives. Whether it is in our work or even the way we interact with strangers, may we be motivated by His glory. Spend some time reflecting and asking God to reveal these areas in our lives.