Here are some lessons we can take to heart from this long passage in Numbers 7:1-89:
1. Numbers 7 is talking about how the tribal leaders gave toward the work at the Tent of Meeting. What can we learn from this? God looks to those in leadership to set the example when it comes to how to offer, how to worship, and how to give. Since every one of you is a leader, let me ask you, "What kind of example are you setting for those you lead when it comes to worship, offering, and giving?" Know that the example you set will have a huge impact on the people you lead, so set the best example you can.
2. Notice that God didn't tell Moses to hand out resources to all the Levites equally. Rather He told Moses to "give them to the Levites as each man's work requires" (v5). Whenever God calls you to any work, He will make sure to provide what you need, "as each man's work requires". He will not necessarily give you more than you need, and He will not give you less than you need, but in accordance with what you need. So if you've been asking God for something and God is not giving it, it could be because you don't need it! Maybe the reason why God has not given you that cart or oxen you've been asking for is because He wants you to do something different, like carry what He has given you on your shoulders like the Kohathites (v9). So rather than looking at your neighbour and asking, "Why don't I have what he or she has?", ask yourself, "God, what do you want me to do with what you have uniquely given me?"
3. Why does God bother to describe in painstaking detail what each leader offered when they all offered the same identical things? (vv12-83) It's because when you offer something to God, it is a unique offering in His eyes. God doesn't think, "Oh, it's the same as what the other guy offered, so it's nothing special." Rather, when you give from your heart, God values and appreciates what you give Him as a unique offering independent of how it compares with what someone else gave.
4. When the leaders all gave the same offering, the Lord's voice could be heard in the Tent of Meeting (v89). What does that teach us? When we are united and sacrificial in our giving and our worship, we give God room to move powerfully in our midst. Unity and generosity clear the air for God to speak. So church, let's be united in how we worship the Lord. With one heart, one purpose, and the same humble, passionate attitude, let's together give God our very best worship. As we do so, the Lord's voice will surely be heard in our midst and His presence will be among us!