So Moses finished the work. Then the cloud covered the tabernacle of meeting, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. (Exodus 40:33-34)
After Moses and the children of Israel had done all they could do as commanded by God, then — and only then — He did what only He could do. Once His people had completed their tasks in regard to building the Sanctuary, His Presence rested on their handiwork. This teaches us that, when we are following His Word and seeking to fulfill His Will, He will bless the works of our hands. Moses acknowledged this truth when He wrote these words:
Let Your work appear to Your servants, and Your glory to their children. and let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands for us; yes, establish the work of our hands. (Psalm 90:16-17)
We know that we are not saved by our works, but our works play an important part in God’s plan for us and for others. Our works are the manifest fruit of the faith we have placed in the God of Israel and is evidence that we do, indeed, believe. As James put it, “Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar? Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect?” (James 2:21-22). You will recall that it was at this point in Abraham’s story that God acknowledged that Abraham was a great man of faith.
The point is, then, that even though we are saved by grace and that without faith it is impossible to please God, we are nevertheless compelled to put that faith into action — in other words “Do what you believe.” We should also keep in mind that the fruit of our faith — our good works — brings glory unto our Father in heaven and attracts others to Him by our good deeds. So, today, let’s be more than just hearers of the Word; let’s be doers!
Blessings and Shalom,