Exodus 31:1-6 “And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, See, I have called by name Bezaleel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah: And I have filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, and in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship, To devise cunning works, to work in gold, and in silver, and in brass, And in cutting of stones, to set them, and in carving of timber, to work in all manner of workmanship. And I, behold, I have given with him Aholiab, the son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan: and in the hearts of all that are wise hearted I have put wisdom, that they may make all that I have commanded thee;”
A few weeks ago I found an article that dealt specifically with technology and its use in the church. It talked about Exodus 31 and brought out the phrase “…I have filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, and in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship…”
Wow! It was like a lightbulb went off in my head. Certainly I knew and believe that God gives us everything but I never considered how specifically God gives us wisdom, understanding, knowledge and all manner of workmanship for His work.
So many times I feel so inadequate when a new task or responsibility is put in front of me. It doesn’t have to be an enormous task for me to feel inadequate, it can be as simple as inviting someone to church. My mind begins to tell me that I’m not ready, that I don’t have all the answers that I will need to answer their deep theological questions. When in reality I am on a mission from Elohim, the God of Strength, who will give me the strength I need. I have been called by Jehovah Sabaoth, the Lord of Hosts, who is the Mighty Power and able to conquer even the toughest situations. When I think that I am alone in this calling I must remember that Jehovah-Shammah, the ever present Lord, is always with me.
Just like God gave Bezaleel and Aholiab exactly what they needed to work on the tabernacle God will give us exactly what we need to do His work. I don’t get the impression that these men became instant masters of their craft. I imagine that they had to spend time learning and honing their skills but the difference was that it came faster and easier for them. Why? God placed in them everything they needed to complete God’s work. The same is true for us, we may not be the greatest orator in history the first time we step behind a lectern to teach a class of third graders. But as God calls us to work He will give us the skills we need.
Maybe you have experienced this filling of the Spirit of God and know exactly what Exodus 31 is talking about. The next time that someone compliments you on your skill, you don’t have to have a false sense of humility saying, “Oh, it’s nothing.” No, it is something. You can smile and with a truly humble spirit respond, “Thank you, God put it in me.”
The story doesn’t end there; look in Exodus 36 “Then wrought Bezaleel and Aholiab, and every wise hearted man, in whom the LORD put wisdom and understanding to know how to work all manner of work for the service of the sanctuary, according to all that the LORD had commanded.”
Notice it was more than just the people whose names were recognized. All of us whether recognized or not have a place serving in God’s work. The next time you are given an opportunity to serve God, know that when God calls you to a task He will give you exactly what you need to complete it.