When we are excited about something that’s coming up in the future what do we naturally do? We mark it on the calendar, we start planning for it either in our budget or by telling others.
No matter it is we are planning, it requires details. If it’s baking a cake for someone, we measure out the ingredients and plan out how we’ll bake it. If it’s creating a project at home or work we map out the steps on how to complete and then we track it’s progress.
When we care about something, we are careful with the details. In the same way, God is in the details and he cares about them way more than we think.
The prophet Ezekiel was shown a vision from God and in the vision God was displaying what the new temple would eventually look like. Now, I’m not going into the meaning of this temple, the end times or prophecy, this isn’t the intent of this writing – sorry if you were looking for something more historical.
The reason I bring up this temple was because when Ezekiel is being shown the temple in his vision he notices something and goes great lengths to make this abundantly clear to us: God is all about the details.
Ezekiel describes it far beyond just this verse but I want you to get a glimpse of what he’s describing. Ezekiel says this:
“He brought me to the portico of the temple and measured the jambs of the portico; they were five cubits wide on either side. The width of the entrance was fourteen cubits and its projecting walls were three cubits wide on either side.” (Ezekiel 40:48)
Do you see the level of intention God has put in this temple? It seems as if no detail was to small for God to be concerned about. If you go and read this in the Bible you’ll see Ezekiel describing the measurements of walls, rooms and and even details such as specific doorframes.
It’s incredible to go and read all of these details about the temple. If you are curious about it it can be found in Ezekeiel chapters 38-48. But I started thinking… if God cares so much about a temple, how much more does he care about us?
More than a temple
You are worth more to God than a temple. If he cares that much about the temple how much more does he care for you? Psalm 139 says this about you:
For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.
How precious to me are your thoughts, God! How vast is the sum of them! Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand— when I awake, I am still with you. (Psalm 139:13-18)
You were not randomly made – did you know that you have better odds of winning the lottery and being bitten by a shark all at the same time than you do of being born into the world?
You were not a random act. God formed you with intention and he has given you gifts and abilities designed for a purpose. You matter way more to God than a temple building.
Psalm 139 describes a level of care that is gentle, purposeful and loving. One that Ezekiel doesn’t compare to because he knows how much more God loves us.
I think God is wanting to say this to you today friend:
“If I care so much about measurements and details of this temple, how much more do you think I care and love you? I’m in all the little details of your life my beloved child.”
Don’t forget how loved you are! Be confident in the fact that you are a child of God who is loved.
- Do you struggle with seeing yourself as loved?
- How does your view of yourself affect your actions in life?
- Are there hopes and dreams you have deep within but think you could never see them happen? Do you think God cares about them?
- Have you ever thought about how much God loves you or how much he cares about the details of you?
I want you to take a couple minutes and listen to the song that I know will be a blessing to you. It’s called “The One You Love.”
Maybe your next step is reminding yourself throughout the data how loved you really are. Maybe for you your next step is to accept God’s love for you for the first time. If that’s you, comment below and click here to learn more about what that means. Or maybe for you, this is meant for you to go and share. You may know someone who needs to be reminded that they are loved.