God’s Attention to Detail–And What it Means for Us

28 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

-Matthew 11:28


A couple of weeks ago, we talked about God’s desire to live and dwell amongst his people, even in the midst of struggle and uncertainty. His goal is always to reconcile us to himself and to bring glory to the most worthy thing in the universe: Himself. This week, we are going to go back to Exodus 25-32 and look at another amazing characteristic of God: his attention to detail, no matter the circumstance.

God’s attention to detail

This passage in the Old Testament covers the instructions God gave Moses–the man who led Israel out of slavery in Egypt–instructions on how to build things that would allow the Israelites to make sacrifices and to atone for the sins they had committed against God. These included: The Ark of the Covenant, The Table for the Bread of Presence, and the Tabernacle itself. Throughout the entire last half of Exodus, we see God give extremely specific instructions on how to build all of these intricate, important tools that would allow his people to meet with him. Take a look at a quick example of this detail from Exodus 25:10-16:

10 “They are to make an ark of acacia wood, forty-five inches long, twenty-seven inches wide, and twenty-seven inches high. 11 Overlay it with pure gold; overlay it both inside and out. Also make a gold molding all around it. 12 Cast four gold rings for it and place them on its four feet, two rings on one side and two rings on the other side. 13 Make poles of acacia wood and overlay them with gold. 14 Insert the poles into the rings on the sides of the ark in order to carry the ark with them. 15 The poles are to remain in the rings of the ark; they must not be removed from it. 16 Put the tablets of the testimony that I will give you into the ark.”

God gives Moses instructions all the way down to the inch when it comes to the Ark of the Covenant and the rest of the pieces of the Tabernacle. This isn’t simply because he is detail-oriented. This is because he is deeply passionate about showing his people who he is. God’s attention to detail is driven by his desire to display his glory and holiness.

Another great example of God’s attention to detail can be found in the act of creation. Genesis says that God simply spoke the entire universe into existence. He didn’t list each and every detail of each part of creation; he simply said, “Let there be light” and the light began its existence. Even though God didn’t say it, he still paid attention to details: the waters didn’t overtake the dry land, evening and morning didn’t look exactly the same, and creatures that were meant to live in the water didn’t randomly appear on dry land. No, God put incredible thought and care into each and every detail–down to the atom!

What about now?

Now, for us who live in 2020 instead of ancient Biblical times, what does this have to with us? Why does God’s attention to detail matter?

God’s attention to detail is still extremely important, because it means that there isn’t anything in our life that God overlooks or doesn’t care about. Whether it is your health, your job, your family, that nagging pain in your knee, or the fact that those around you are hurting, none of it is outside of God’s care and control. God controls and cares about every aspect of our life, and he is far more capable to handle all of it than we are.

This truth should lead us to lean completely on God because he cares for us and he is paying attention to details we often forget or details we let consume us. So when life gets too overwhelming or all the details start to stress you out, don’t let anxiety and stress win the day, rather do what Peter calls us to do in 1 Peter 5:6-7:

Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, so that he may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your cares on him, because he cares about you.”

God is faithful (Philippians 1:6); he is able (Ephesians 3:20); and he is working to bring you closer to himself (Exodus 29:46). We can trust that he is in control and that he is far more capable than we are, so rather than focusing on things beyond our control, we can fix our eyes on the only person who controls everything: our heavenly Father who seeks to have a relationship with us and give us rest from worry.

25 “Therefore I tell you: Don’t worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Isn’t life more than food and the body more than clothing? 26 Consider the birds of the sky: They don’t sow or reap or gather into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren’t you worth more than they? 27 Can any of you add one moment to his life span[a] by worrying? 28 And why do you worry about clothes? Observe how the wildflowers of the field grow: They don’t labor or spin thread. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was adorned like one of these. 30 If that’s how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and thrown into the furnace tomorrow, won’t he do much more for you—you of little faith? 31 So don’t worry, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’ 32 For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God[b] and his righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you.”              

 

  -Matthew 6:25-33