Three Steps Toward Fulfilling our Purpose

We know that everything in the Bible is precise to the letter, everything has a purpose, and nothing is superfluous. But in the Book of Exodus, we see what seems to be a great deal of repetition regarding the building of the tabernacle. Why is that so ?

So much time is spent on the tabernacle, where God would be served, because —- it represents the purpose of God creating the entire universe! According to the books of mysticism, the great goal in life is to take all we are and all we have and make it a dwelling place for God, a tabernacle of sorts where God would be comfortable. How do we know where God is pleased to dwell? This is a key question with a most critical answer.

This is the explanation to the long-winded description of the building of this meeting house. 

The Bible first tells us God’s instructions, what is necessary for building this abode for him. Incidentally, once God did descend into this special meeting place, everything in this compound was connected to supernatural miracles. The place of the ark took up no space, the fire on the altar always burned straight up to heaven, the bread stayed fresh and warm for an entire week, and much more. When God is there, everything becomes possible, and the rules of nature are suspended.

Next, after the commandments from God, we have the effort and action on the part of the people to follow through with those instructions. Then we have the finale: “And the cloud (Divine presence) covered the meeting tent, and the honor of God filled the Tabernacle.”

So, we have three distinct steps when connecting with God:

First, the command must come from God. As much as a person meditates, screams, or does whatever self initiated “good”, it is impossible for a finite human being to reach the infinite. To be connected with God, the act must be initiated by God, who, for reasons only He knows, decided to take note of the actions of a human being. We must look out for what God wants us to do to connect to His will and blessings.

Step number two is to follow through with God’s instructions. When God asks us to do something, this means He knows we can carry out the request, and it is for our good. Fulfilling God’s commandments is our only way to connect with the source of all life.

Step number three is not always guaranteed by our timetable. This is when God reacts to our actions, actually responds, and gives back in return as He has promised.

The idea that people on their own can accomplish anything, just because, is ludicrous. Human beings are limited and have very little control over their environment. Just look at what is going on in the world today… people get fired, gas prices rise, wars start….. How about those people born with faulty genes, or with crazy parents, or in countries where there is no freedom?

When you are given lemons, learn to make lemon margaritas. What happens when all you have is a lemon? The only way to happiness, blessings, and truly infinite possibilities, is to discover what God wants from you. There is where you find meaning, purpose, and a relationship with the infinite God. Through this attachment with God, one may find all manner of goodness and blessings!

Chapter 42

About the Author
Rabbi Shlomo Ezagui is an author and lecturer. "A Spiritual Soul Book" & "Maimonides Advice for the 21st Century" Rabbi Ezagui opened in 1987 the first Chabad Center in Palm Beach County, Florida, and the first Orthodox Synagogue on the Island of Palm Beach, Florida.
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