It was particularly important for the tabernacle to be set up on the first day of the first month. Why? Because they were to begin the year by establishing a place where God could speak to them.  And it was to be a priority every year. God was very clear. He wanted the tabernacle be built according to His precise instructions. He gave Moses specific directions regarding its dimensions and the materials to be used for every part of the construction. This provides a powerful message because the tabernacle represents the various ways and places in which God speaks to us. He speaks during times of private prayer, as well as during Church services. He speaks through His Word, as well as during sermons and through books. He speaks to us through His Spirit, as well as through dreams and visions. The one thing constant is that He calls us to be people who listen and are sensitive to His voice. As Jesus said repeatedly, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear” (Matthew 11:15) Today, at the beginning of this year, make a commitment to set aside time to be alone with God. Make this commitment a priority and renew it  every day.

Life can be full of stressful situations and events that cause worry and fear. But God has provided a way to go through life without being “afraid of evil tidings”. First, we must “fear” the Lord. This means focusing on Him, revering and honouring Him, having a vital relationship with Him and making Him the most important part of our lives. As we draw closer to Him, we will find our fears fading away. Secondly, We must delight in His commandments. We cannot just read the Bible occasionally. If we want to be freed from fear and worry, we must delight “greatly” in His Word. We must hide His words in our hearts and meditate on them. This gives stability, clarity and certainty.

Thirdly, we are to “trust” in Him. While everything in this world is temporary, trusting in God can change our attitude and outlook, because He never changes. When we stop worrying and realize that God wants to bless us so that we can bless others. We can be confident of His provision. Let not fear rule over our heart! We need not be afraid of the problems we face. Let us not be worried about the world’s conditions. You can trust that God will protect, guide and provide for you.

A young boy was doing his best to lift a rock that was too large for someone of his size. He grunted and puffed as he tried various methods for lifting the rock. But in spite of all his efforts, the rock would not budge. His father walked by and after watching his son’s struggle, asked if he was having trouble. The boy answered, “Yes, I have tried everything and it won’t move”. The father replied, “Are you sure you have tried every possibility, that you have used every resource at your disposal?” The boy looked up with frustration and exhaustion and grunted out a ‘Yes’. With kindness, the father bent over and softly said, “No, my son, you haven’t. You haven’t asked for my help”. How often we are like the little boy, struggling with our problems but unable to solve them because we have not asked for our HeavenlyFather’s help”.

“God’s strength is made perfect in my weakness, so when I am weak, then I am strong”

(II Corinthians 12:9-10)

“Thanks be to God who always leads me to triumph in Christ” (II Corinthians 2:14)

“He who is in me is greater than he who is in the world” (I John 4:4)