[CF Devotionals] 2018-11-14 - Details

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In preparation for painting one of the bedrooms in the house, there was a sequence of details to consider, that would make the work go much more smoothly. Some of the steps, while seeming tedious, help avoid potential repairs and cleaning later. Realizing this to be true creates a different mental approach to removing outlet and switch cover plates, taping off the trim pieces and near the ceiling, laying drop cloths, and moving furniture when needed. The outcome of the couple days of prep work was being able to focus on freshening up the room with a new look. And after getting things cleaned up and moved into place, I could then concentrate on assembling a new piece of furniture to finish off the project. It, too, had its own detailed steps that would conclude with a specific result. The picturesque part of sprucing up the room is one I am quite familiar with over the years, unlike assembling furniture, yet my thought process was taking my time and following the nineteen steps given in the owner’s manual. There was even a place halfway through them, saying “this might be a good time to refresh your drink,” which I found amusing. The piece came from an Ohio-based company that was founded in 1934, and we’ve bought a couple other things from them, over the years. Each step was detailed with description and comprehensive information, to help the builders be sure they are properly assembling each section, right down to verifying which moving part or connecting item should be used. It really made the process nearly foolproof - even for someone who once struggled daily with dyslexia. Preparation, attention to details, and following instructions yielded the best possible result.

Finishing any work requires discipline. We can be distracted by the result we are moving toward, and become tempted to skip steps and gloss over details. God gave instructions for building the temple, for a purpose, and he knew following them would furnish us with the eternal life with Him that he had in mind. Even when we cannot see the results at every point in our journey, we need to trust that his understanding is enough, as we follow each detail presented to us. This, too, will yield the best possible result.

“And he began to build in the second day of the second month, in the fourth year of his reign. Now these are the things wherein Solomon was instructed for the building of the house of God. The length by cubits after the first measure was threescore cubits, and the breadth twenty cubits. And the porch that was in the front of the house, the length of it was according to the breadth of the house, twenty cubits, and the height was an hundred and twenty: and he overlaid it within with pure gold.” 2 Chronicles 3:2-4 (KJV)

“He said: The Lord came from Sina and dawned over them from Seir;   he shone forth from Mount Paran.
He came with myriads of holy ones from the south, from his mountain slopes.
   Surely it is you who love the people; all the holy ones are in your hand.
At your feet they all bow down, and from you receive instruction,
  the law that Moses gave us, the possession of the assembly of Jacob.”
(Deuteronomy 33:2-4 (NIV))

“The foundation of the temple of the Lord was laid in the fourth year, in the month of Ziv. In the eleventh year in the month of Bul, the eighth month, the temple was finished in all its details according to its specifications. He had spent seven years building it.” (1 Kings 6:37-38 (NIV))

“And the weight of the refined gold for the altar of incense. He also gave him the plan for the chariot, that is, the cherubim of gold that spread their wings and overshadow the ark of the covenant of the Lord. “All this,” David said, “I have in writing as a result of the Lord’s hand on me, and he enabled me to understand all the details of the plan.” David also said to Solomon his son, “Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you until all the work for the service of the temple of the Lord is finished.” (1 Chronicles 28:18-20 (NIV))

“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20 NIV)

“Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body–whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free–and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many. Now if the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. If they were all one part, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, but one body. The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it, so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it. Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.” (1 Corinthians 12:12-27 NIV)

“So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.” (Ephesians 4:11-13 NIV)

All scripture references from KJV (King James Version) unless otherwise noted

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All scripture references from King James Version (KJV) unless otherwise noted

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