Something immediately catches your eye when you read today’s first reading and that is the fact that God is such a God of order. With our God, everything has a place, a job and something to do. Listen to the first line of the reading:
“Moses did exactly as the Lord had directed him. The tabernacle was set up on the first day of the first month in the second year.”
First off, Moses did exactly as the Lord had directed him; he did not argue, figure out or debate. When we get a prompting from God to do something, visit a sick friend or call with a friend who has had a crisis, at first we want to do it and then we think about it. Once the thinking starts we soon rationalize not to do the act of kindness, usually with excuses such as ‘they would think I am interfering.’
The tabernacle was built exactly as God wanted it. Who builds our life and our day? Do we build it the way that God wants it to be built or do we enliven it with our own desires and plans?
In the middle of the tabernacle stood the ‘throne of mercy’ the place where people came to ask God for forgiveness. Do we have a throne of mercy in our hearts, a place where we shall forgive those who come to us and ask forgiveness? Forgiveness is the great sign of the person who wants to live the Christian life, if we are not willing to forgive then we are not willing to allow God to be God, because God is a God of forgiveness.
Today’s reading shows us how much the people of Israel knew that God was involved in their daily lives, how much is God involved in our daily lives? Is he a guest a few times during the day when we think of him, or is he an honoured companion, the one who walks with us and is the basis of our life?
There is some difference between these two attitudes to God.