by Rev Lai Kai Ming
Readings: Exodus 35:10-36:38; Psalm 31:9-18
READ (verse/s chosen for meditation)
And all the congregation of the children of Israel departed from the presence of Moses. Then everyone came whose heart was stirred, and everyone whose spirit was willing, and they brought the Lord’s offering for the work of the tabernacle of meeting, for all its service, and for the holy garments.
God had elaborate plans for the tabernacle, which He shared with Moses. The tabernacle would be an expensive project, with gold, jewels, precious wood, and expensive fabric all in. But God had already provided for these, when the Israelites “plundered” their masters (Ex 12:36) as they left Egypt. Still, it was up to the Israelites to decide whether they would release to God what He had provided.
In recent months, I was quite perplexed as to why our pledge figures have been dropping year by year. Should I preach a sermon on this topic – it’s been many years since this was done. Or should I address it during one of the “announcement” slots? What should happen before our people’s hearts would be “stirred” again? Well, from the context of our passage (cf. Ex 34), it seems clear – we will need a fresh encounter with LORD. But how can we engineer that? We cannot. We can only pray. And keep praying.
Lord, touch our hearts once again. For if our hearts are hardened, so would our wallets be. Help me to realize that all You are requiring from me, You have already provided.