The Beauty of Practicality

Their beauty serves them one great purpose…

Exodus 27:1-21

Reference: “The poles are to be inserted into the rings so they will be on two sides of the altar when it is carried.” ‭‭Exodus‬ ‭27:7‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Explore: I always find it interesting that in the animal kingdom the male is often more colourful and beautiful than the female.

In our human world, while many males certainly like to look good, the beauty industry is definitely more targeted at females. From make-up to hair products to fashion, it’s a billion dollar industry in any developed country.

But in the animal world it is the male who has to consider how he looks. From colourful feathers of male birds to the bright scales of male fish, their beauty serves them one great purpose… to attract their female mate.

While we can appreciate the beauty of the colours, I love that they are designed for a very practical nature.

Application: As our incredible Creator, God has an eye for beauty. And yet He also sees the importance of being practical.

The designs He gave to Moses were intricate, detailed and beautiful. But I love that added in were practical specifics so areas of worship could be used and engaged in as best as possible.

And God continues to bring ways we can engage with Him in beauty and practicality. Even in our own buildings of worship today you can have ornate cathedrals or revamped warehouses.

No matter where we worship we need to open the doors so all people can connect to God. Our God is practical in wanting to interact with us. Let’s add to God’s beauty and practical connections.

Prayer: Lord, we look to You as the amazing Creator of all things. May we connect with all You have imagined and determined for us to be. Amen.

Where do you see God’s creative practicality?

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This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.