October 31, 2023
God and your work (3)
"I have chosen Bezalel." Ex 31:2 NIV
The first person in the Bible who was said to be "filled with the Spirit of God" was Bezalel. And if his name doesn't ring a bell, it's because he wasn't a prophet, priest, king, or apostle. He was a craftsman, skilled in design. He had an eye for color and a flair for management, and when it came time for building the tabernacle, he oversaw the job.
Here is what God said about him: "I have chosen Bezalel...and..filled him with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, with understanding, with knowledge and with all kinds of skills—to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver and bronze, to cut and set stones, to work in wood, and to engage in all kinds of crafts" (Ex 31:2-5 NIV).
Imagine being Bezalel. From your youth you loved to work with your hands. You don't know God is involved in this—but He is! He actually placed these desires within you.
When you're working, the joy you feel is actually the presence of God. You have certain strengths; you were born with them. They will always be your strengths, and you delight in them. Wonderful things happen when you discover those strengths, put them to use, and focus on improving them.
Trying to develop in an area where God hasn't gifted
you is like trying to instruct a rabbit to swim or a snail to run.
When you're in your God-given slot, working with your God-given strengths, you're at your best. When that happens, you are blessed, and so is everybody around you. The point is, in God's plan, Bezalel was every bit as important as Moses. So, take heart; what you do matters!