Day 8 - the Spirit empowering God’s people (OT) - Bezalel
In your own words ask God to help you hear and understand what He’s saying through His Word, and give thanks for the Holy Spirit that is empowering you to walk with Him after this devotional is done. Then read these verses (out loud if you are able).
Exodus 31:1-11 (NLT)
1 Then the Lord said to Moses, 2 “Look, I have specifically chosen Bezalel son of Uri, grandson of Hur, of the tribe of Judah. 3 I have filled him with the Spirit of God, giving him great wisdom, ability, and expertise in all kinds of crafts. 4 He is a master craftsman, expert in working with gold, silver, and bronze. 5 He is skilled in engraving and mounting gemstones and in carving wood. He is a master at every craft! 6 “And I have personally appointed Oholiab son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan, to be his assistant. Moreover, I have given special skill to all the gifted craftsmen so they can make all the things I have commanded you to make: 7 the Tabernacle; the Ark of the Covenant; the Ark’s cover—the place of atonement; all the furnishings of the Tabernacle; 8 the table and its utensils; the pure gold lampstand with all its accessories; the incense altar; 9 the altar of burnt offering with all its utensils; the washbasin with its stand; 10 the beautifully stitched garments—the sacred garments for Aaron the priest, and the garments for his sons to wear as they minister as priests; 11 the anointing oil; the fragrant incense for the Holy Place. The craftsmen must make everything as I have commanded you.”
We see the Spirit of God giving Bezalel great wisdom, ability and expertise in all kinds of crafts. The very same Spirit that creates us is the One that gives us unique gifts, talents and abilities. These gifts have been given to Bezalel, as well as the other craftsmen, so that they could serve God and His people. These creatives have been filled with the Spirit in order to make the Tabernacle, where God’s people would worship Him. We also see that Bezalel is a master craftsman, an expert in working with gold, silver, and bronze. This tells us that he has studied and worked incredibly hard to develop the gifts that the Spirit of God has given to him, to the point of becoming an expert in these fields. This combination of being filled with the Spirit and having been faithful to develop the gifts God has given him, allows Bezalel the beautiful opportunity to use his giftedness for something of great purpose, importance and value.
What gifts has God given to you by His Spirit? How have you worked at developing those gifts? How might you still grow and develop the gifts God has given to you? How does God want to use how He’s uniquely made and gifted you for His purposes?
It’s easy to think of how we are uniquely made as a material thing, but this passage shows that it’s actually the work of God’s Spirit in us. Take some time to thank God for how He has uniquely made you and gifted you by His Spirit. If you are unaware of any gifts God has given you, ask the Lord to reveal them to you, either by speaking to you as you listen quietly or through the affirmation of others who know you. If there is any task or purpose God is calling you to, acknowledge it, commit to say yes to it and share that commitment with someone else who can keep you accountable.