Cultivating Internal Beauty

Imagine the great workmanship of the linen curtains as explained in Exodus 26. So much time went into making the inside of the Tabernacle beautiful but there is a balance between beauty and function. Internal beauty was emphasized more than external as the Tabernacle was designed as a small portable building but insulated with curtains made of goats’ hair and a covering made of animal skin to protect the beautiful inside.

Think of the universe in which God has created and how there is a balance between beauty and function. Yes, there are beautiful places in this world; mountains reaching high into the sky and deep blue oceans with amazing underwater scenery. But there are other places that are not that beautiful. Places hit by storms that have been devastated, economic downturns within a society, and major cities that have struggled for many years.

Just as much time went into making the inside of the Tabernacle beautiful, we need to spend more time cultivating internal beauty rather than external attractiveness. We can be the link that connects the power of God to people. We can get interested in them, build them up, and empower them to be a part of the solution.

This day with You Lord as we read the passage, instructions were given about making a veil or curtain to separate the Holy Place from the Most Holy Place (v. 33). Today, we are grateful that when Jesus Christ died on the cross, the veil in the Temple tore from top to bottom (Mark 15:38) symbolizing our free access to You. We pray today that this free access will give us power to cultivate internal beauty in our life and in the lives of those we meet.  Amen 

 

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About Mark Shields

Mark volunteers as a member of the media ministry team at his church. A few years ago, he started an on-line Bible study guide called “This Day with God Devotional”. He uses this as a tool in his journey through the Bible. We live in a very busy world with busy schedules so this tool has helped him continue with daily Bible reading and study. Each of the studies are designed to help apply our faith in the work place, at school, or at home. Join him on this journey or check in every so often to read his thoughts.
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