Willing

Perhaps there were several Bezalels in the nation of Israel but God clearly stated which Bezalel He had chosen for the work of constructing the sanctuary. He named Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah. And Bezalel had an impressive skillset given to him by God for His purpose. In addition to filling him with His spirit, God filled him with wisdom, understanding, knowledge and diverse skills, including the 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 artistic crafts. And the ability to teach others (Exodus 35:30-36:1, NIV). 

After identifying Bezalel by name, Moses stated that he and the other skilled individuals, equipped by God for His purpose, were to do the work exactly as God instructed. “Then Moses summoned Bezalel and Oholiab and every skilled person to whom the Lord had given ability and who was willing to come and do the work” (Exodus 36:2, emphasis added).

//In the chapters that follow, the incredible work that Bezalel and others did is described but I think it is safe to say that all that they did was predicated on this fact, they were willing to come and do the work. May what was true of Bezalel and “every skilled person to whom the Lord had given ability,” be true of each of us – may we be willing to do the work He has called and equipped us to do. Even if we receive no human applause.

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Five Minute Friday: World

“Truly God will never do wrong!

    God All-Powerful will never twist what is right.

No one chose God to rule over the earth.

    No one put him in charge of the whole world.

God could decide

    to take away his spirit and breath.

If he did, all people would die together.

    And they would all turn back into dust.

(Job 34:12-15, ICB)

Only six sentences but they highlight perspective-righting, grounding truth, in the midst of a world that often seems upside down: 

  • There is a God and He always does what is right.
  • He is all-powerful and never perverts truth (How could He? He is Truth).
  • He is sovereign. No one appointed Him ruler over the earth or put Him in charge of the world. As such, no one can dethrone Him and, even when it appears that the world is out of control, God is always in control.
  • We exist because of Him. We cannot do anything without Him. Not even breathe.

Prayer: Eternal God, may the truth of who You are anchor us. In Jesus Name.

I am joining the Five Minute Friday writing community, hosted by Kate Motaung, for our weekly writing adventure. Please click here to learn about Five Minute Friday. This week’s prompt is, “World.”

Question

On a mountain in Galilee, His disciples came to Him and He taught them many things:

He had provision for the poor in spirit, those who mourn, the gentle, those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, the merciful, the pure in heart, the peacemakers, those persecuted for righteousness.

Believers are salt and light.

He, Christ, fulfilled the Law.

Murder begins in the heart and adultery can be committed in the heart without an adulterous act being performed.

He taught them to tell the truth, go the second mile, love their enemies, how to give, how to pray, how to fast, and where lasting treasure is to be stored.

But it was not until He taught them the cure for anxiety that He began to ask them questions. Questions such as, “Isn’t life more than food and the body more than clothing?”// Directing their attention to the birds of the sky, He informed the disciples that their heavenly Father feeds the birds then He asked them, “Aren’t you worth more than they?” His questions continued with, “Can any of you add a single cubit to his height by worrying? And why do you worry about clothes? Learn how the wildflowers of the field grow: they don’t labor or spin thread. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was adorned like one of these! If that’s how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and thrown into the furnace tomorrow, won’t He do much more for you—you of little faith? So don’t worry, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’ For the idolaters eagerly seek all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you. Therefore don’t worry about tomorrow, because tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own” (Matthew 5:1-6:34, HCSB).

When we are tempted to worry or catch ourselves worrying, may we take a few doses of this antidote contained in Matthew 6:25-34, stretch out on His sure promises, and pull His promises up like a blanket to keep the chill of doubt and worry at bay. Our heavenly Father knows what we need and He is the perfect Father. Let us make seeking Him our priority for He who is our greatest need has promised to meet all other needs.

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Goal

We set various goals for our lives; for example, for our health, our finances, our careers, and our relationships, including the most important relationship of our lives – the relationship we have with God. I am learning that all of these goals are subsumed in the goal stated in 2 Corinthians 5: 9, “So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it” (NIV).

We do not have to strive to earn God’s love. He has freely given it to us. We do not have to strive to earn His acceptance. We are already accepted in the Beloved. But we must make it our goal to please Him. Taking care of our bodies is pleasing to Him because our bodies are His temple and we honor Him by engaging in self-care. We please Him by being good stewards of the finances and other resources with which He blesses us. We please Him when we love others as He loves us. And, as Philippians 2:13, states, He gives us both the desire and the power to do what pleases Him. For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him” (Philippians 2:13, NLT).

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Five Minute Friday: Well

She came with her jar to draw water from the well, accompanied by the weight of her relationship history: 5 husbands and living with one who was not her husband.

She came at the sixth hour to draw water. Jews considered her unclean and her fellow Samaritans probably despised her.

She came with her jar and reputation to draw water and met Jesus there.

After encountering the Word made flesh, she would leave her jar, transformed into a vessel with living water. (End of 5 minutes).

She returned to the well freed from the weight of her past but she did not return alone. She returned bringing others to the One who said, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again. But whoever drinks the water that I give him will never be thirsty again. But the water that I give him will become in him a spring of water satisfying his thirst for God welling up [continually flowing, bubbling within him] to eternal life” (John 4:13-14, AMP).

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Name

The name of the Lord is a strong tower; The righteous runs to it and is safe and set on high [far above evil] (Proverbs 18:10, AMP).”

The name of the LORD… What’s in a name? The Reformation Study Bible’s commentary on Proverbs 18:10, informed me that, “In Hebrew culture, a name was not a mere label, but usually an expression of the character of a person. God’s covenant name, ‘LORD,’ is associated with His character as Savior of His people …).

The name of the LORD is… He never changes and His names that represent His character never change.

The name of the LORD is a strong tower … The Reformation Study Bible also notes, “The security of the righteous is based on God’s character as a faithful Savior.”

“The name of the Lord is a strong tower; The righteous runs to it and is safe and set on high [far above evil] (Proverbs 18:10, AMP).”

“I bow before your holy Temple as I worship. I praise your name for your unfailing love and faithfulness; for your promises are backed by all the honor of your name (Psalm 138:2, NLT).”

” You are my hiding place; You, Lord, protect me from trouble; You surround me with songs and shouts of deliverance. Selah (Psalm 32:7, AMP).”

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Culture

Salt is a preservative and a flavor enhancer. Believers are designed by God to be salt (Matthew 5:13).

Salt is still salt and serves the same functions regardless of it is stored in fine crystal or an inexpensive plastic container. Salt, however, can lose its saltiness and with the loss, its effectiveness. The same is true for believers and a cause of this loss is adopting the culture of the world rather than adapting to it. The Apostle Paul noted, “I became ‘weak’ to the weak to win the weak. I have adapted to the culture of every place I’ve gone so that I could more easily win people to Christ” (1 Corinthians 9:22, TPT). He adapted to the culture of the people to whom he was ministering but he did not allow that culture to change his beliefs, values, and purpose. May God help us to do the same.

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May we both remember and honor those who answered the call to service and for doing so, paid the ultimate price.