“And the screen for the gate of the court was embroidered with needlework in blue and purple and scarlet yarns and fine twined linen. It was twenty cubits long and five cubits high in its breadth, corresponding to the hangings in the court. And their pillars were four in number. Their four bases were of bronze, their hooks of silver, and the overlaying of their capitals and their fillets of silver. And all the pegs for the tabernacle and for the court all around were bronze.” – Exodus 38:18-20
“In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world would be registered. This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria.” – Luke 2:1
The Christmas story reveals to us that God is a God of detail. Everything about the birth of Jesus was meticulously planned. From the “swaddling clothes” to the “star” in the heavens. Nothing was left undone. There were no crumbs left on the floor. There was nothing unused that was put back in the pantry. Our heavenly Father covered every detail. Christmas was a finely tuned precision event that came together exactly the way it was intended!
Did you know that God’s love for you and your life is also detailed. Sometimes this characteristic of God can even be frustrating. When we read about God giving Moses instructions on building the tabernacle we find ourselves saying, “Alright already! A nail is a nail! It’s a tent! We get it!” But, do we?
A nail is not just a nail to God and your not just one of billions of humans. The Scripture tells us that the Creator of the universe keeps an eye on every detail. Jesus said this;
“Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.” – Matthew 10:29-31
Even the hairs of your hear are numbered? That is not an easy job! For many of us that changes every day. Who in heaven would take on that job? The Father who loves you so much…so intimately…who knows you so well…He who keeps you (Psalm 121). Wow! Also, we often overlook that these verses let us know that He keeps track of every sparrow as well. Double WOW! We have a God who is interested in every detail. How do we know? There are many examples in Scripture but the clearest is the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus. Nothing left undone. Every detail important and necessary.
So, know this, God loves you and is interested in every detail of your life. The Christmas story is part of your story. You are one of the fine details that God had in mind that first Christmas. Oh, and God is interested in the details of this Christmas too and it includes you.