Glorious images of gold and bronze and jewel-toned textiles come to mind when reading today about the specs God had for the building of the Tabernacle (Ex. 26:1-27:21). I’m irresistibly drawn to beauty and all that glitters, so that the Proverbs for today is also speaking to me:
10 Choose [wisdom’s] instruction instead of silver,
knowledge rather than choice gold,
11 for wisdom is more precious than rubies,
and nothing you desire can compare with her.
Proverbs 8:10-11 (NIV)
I’m past the halfway mark in life expectancy, yet still don’t have the full handle on this, yet. Probably because of this, from today’s Psalm:
3 Since you are my rock and my fortress,
for the sake of your name lead and guide me.
4 Keep me free from the trap that is set for me,
for you are my refuge.
5 Into your hands I commit my spirit;
deliver me, Lord, my faithful God.
6 I hate those who cling to worthless idols;
as for me, I trust in the Lord.
7 I will be glad and rejoice in your love,
for you saw my affliction
and knew the anguish of my soul.
8 You have not given me into the hands of the enemy
but have set my feet in a spacious place.
Psa. 31:3-8 (NIV)
My attraction to beauty is a God-given thing, I think, but it can so easily become a trap, focus-wise. And unlike the psalmist, I can’t say I hate those who cling to worthless idols, because I myself fight that temptation daily. Keep me free from the trap, Lord! You have set my feet in that spacious place…keep my focus on You, and our walk together there.
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FEB 7 ~ Exodus 26:1-27:21 ~ Matthew 25:1-30 ~ Psalm 31:1-8 ~ Proverbs 8:1-11