When Stephen addressed the Sanhedrin he said Moses used a pattern to build the tabernacle. 

“Our fathers had the tabernacle of witness in the wilderness, as He appointed, instructing Moses to make it according to the pattern that he had seen.” (Acts 7:44 cf. Exodus 25:40)

As a youngster I remember watching my Grandmother sitting in her favorite chair with a basket full of yarn by her side. As I watched her knitting I wondered how she got her blankets and quilts to look so good when to me it just looked like a bunch of colors haphazardly thrown together. 

What I didn’t know is she used a book of patterns that she kept in the basket. So without the book of patterns all those quilts and blankets would have never come out so beautiful. 

God has a pattern for each area of our lives including marriage, parenting, work, and ministry. It’s found in the ultimate pattern book, the Bible. The Bible God sets forth His pattern, His blueprint for success. 

It was such a design, such a pattern that God created the universe, and if one particle were out of place, then this universe would end in a big fiery ball. “God said,” and it was created according to His design, His set pattern, as life was created and then procreated each after their own kind, that is, according to the pattern God set forth within them.

God didn’t allow the Israelites to stray off course on some weird tangent they may have witnessed in Egypt, or according to their own likes and dislikes. Instead God said, “Make it this way, not your way, and don’t take any shortcuts in the process.” 

In other words, they had to be faithful to the pattern, because when they were, God would dwell in their midst meeting and speaking to them.

So get God’s book of patterns out today, the Bible, because God has a set pattern for your life as well. 

Dennis Lee is the Senior Pastor of Living Waters Fellowship located at 211 West First South, suite C., behind ACE Hardware. Service times are Sunday at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.