Scripture: Aaron must burn fragrant incense on the altar every morning when he tends the lamps. He must burn incense again when he lights the lamps at twilight so incense will burn regularly before the Lord for the generations to come. Do not offer on this altar any other incense or any burnt offering or grain offering, and do not pour a drink offering on it. Exodus 30:7-9 NIV
Observation: The Lord gives us directions for seeking him daily. He tells us we must come before him morning and night offering only what is worthy and without distraction.
Application: I must confess we have been studying in Exodus for the last few weeks in Sunday School. We have been focusing on how the tabernacle is a model of Christ, salvation, our relationship with him and prayer. That being said the scripture above tells me:
1. The Lord wants me to set aside time every morning and every night to seek him through his word and prayer.
2. The Lord gives this model to me through Aaron who tends the incense each morning and each evening. The incense is my seeking, reading and prayer, which is fragrant to him. I see the word “regularly” in the above scripture and I’m so guilty because consistency is not my forte.
3. The Lord wants quality from me. This must come without distraction or worldly attitude. I can always clutter my mind with sin and busyness.
4. This model was written in the second book of the old testament, which tells me the Lord already knew my heart and he knows yours too.
Obviously, this is going to take a lot of grace and patience from the Lord, but all I have to do is ask him and he will provide!
Prayer: Lord, you have convicted me! How can I serve you if I’m not taking the time to know you and spend time with you? Clear my mind and heart of thought born of the world and any distraction. Help me to stay focused on you. I live for you Lord and my only true hope is found in you. Your loving servant Amen