“Always be on the lookout for the presence of wonder.” – E.B. White
“He who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead; his eyes are closed.” – Albert Einstein
Dedication services are exciting times. I have witnessed the dedication of a new facility, the dedication of a baby, or the dedication of a life for the use of the Lord. When something is dedicated its intention is set and its purpose defined. The dedication of a particular thing or person means that is set apart unto the Lord and intended for God’s purposes.
In this repetitive chapter of Number seven, we have the dedication of the tabernacle specifically the dedication of the Altar of Burnt Sacrifices. Reading this chapter may seem tedious as the same offering is repeated twelve times, but take a moment and wonder what it must have been like to witness this event.
Every year I have opportunity to attend the Church Planting Conference at Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Men starting new Baptist churches present and have money raised for them. It really is an overwhelming occurrence as dozens of individual churches give varying amounts. To give you an idea of the impact of one of these offerings; if a man only gets five thousand dollars you almost feel bad for him because the normal amount raised is usually so much more. A typical church planter may get fifteen to thirty thousand dollars. Some might think it gets tedious listening to dozens of church planters share their burden and then dozens more people pledging money to them, but I am enamored and encouraged by every round of giving. After a while it may sound the same, but each dollar given goes to a new church work that is dedicated to the work of the Lord.
Such is the case here in Number seven. Exorbitant offerings are brought over and over and over again for twelve days straight. Each day sacrifices are made, and the dedication of the altar is the primary focus. This altar that would be used for all of Israel for all the sacrifices, is being intended and having its purpose defined. It was a dedication that was likely awe inspiring to watch.
Child of God, don’t ever get tired of seeing God work. Don’t ever get tired of giving to the work of God. Don’t ever get tired of God using you to be a blessing and help to others. Don’t ever come to the place where the work of God doesn’t thrill you anymore. Today be filled with wonder that God can use you, your church, your finances, your ministries, and your life for His glory.
Daily Scripture Reading
“And the princes offered for dedicating of the altar in the day that it was anointed, even the princes offered their offering before the altar.”