“And so Moses finished the work.” This statement from Exodus 40:33 jumped out at me this morning. In the second half of the Book of Exodus, God gives Moses a lot of detailed instructions on building the Tabernacle (a tent that was like a portable church sanctuary) and all the tools and instruments that went along with it.
We’re told that Moses carefully and diligently obeyed God and did everything just as he was supposed to. And then near the end of the book it says: “And so Moses finished the work.”
I love that statement! Something I pray for is that God would help me to finish the work, to complete the plans and fulfill the purposes for which He created me. Although I sometimes fear failing to finish the work, a couple passages in the Bible tell us about tools God gives us to help:
Ephesians 2:10: “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” I’m not left alone to finish the work. God prepared these “good works” long before I was even born, and He has “created (me) in Christ Jesus to do” them. He is shaping my character and He gives me His Spirit so I can finish the work like Moses did.
More specifically, the Bible says in 2 Timothy 3:16-17: “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” God gave us the Bible so we would be not just ready, but “thoroughly equipped” to complete the work He’s called us to.
Maybe this is one of those things that can’t be explained in a way to convey the “a-ha!” moment. But when I read this morning about how “Moses finished the work,” it hit me what an enormous statement that is.
I think that’s what I want my tombstone to say: “And so Nathan finished the work.”
Lord help me!