Today’s Tasting: Exodus 36-38: In this passage we find clear and meticulous plans for the building of the tabernacle of meeting, exactly as the Lord had instructed Moses. Moses told the children of Israel that the Lord had called Bezalel and Oholiab by name, filled them with His spirit, and given them wisdom and understanding of every kind of craft. He put in their hearts the ability to teach and gave them the skill to do all manner of work. Moses called Bezalel and Oholiab and every gifted artisan whom the Lord had given skills, everyone who was willing and whose hearts were stirred, to come and do the work for the design and building of the tabernacle.
They received from Moses all the offering from the children of Israel for creating the sanctuary. The people continued to bring freewill offerings every morning until the artisans told Moses that the people had brought more than enough for the work, indeed too much. So Moses restrained the people from bringing anymore offerings because the material they had was sufficient for all the work to be done that God had commanded.
Today’s Nourishment: God’s ability and our willingness create a spirit of cooperation: Note that all the materials for the building of the sanctuary came from the people. But notice also that all the necessary skills, talents, and gifts came from God. Similarly, God adds abilities in us and if we are willing, imagine what He can do in and through us and the possibilities we can accomplish for His work!
In the church today, God still provides clear plans for the work and building of His kingdom. He has given us great abilities, skills, and gifts. When we let willingness and ability work together, they mesh as a formidable pair. It is too often the case that the willing are not able and the able are not willing. Is your heart stirred to do work for the kingdom of God? Are you willing to use your God-given abilities to build His kingdom?
Father, I pray for a stirring of hearts in the body of Christ today, that we recognize those abilities you’ve placed within us and that our spirits are willing to do the work you have called us to. Thank you, Lord, for entrusting us with those gifts. May we use them in Your strength and Your power forming that spirit of cooperation, in Jesus name I pray, Amen.
Tomorrows Delight: Exodus 30-40
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