48. Each of us has a role to play

God instructed Moses on all the details of how the Tabernacle and all its furnishings, the Ark of the Covenant, the clothing of the priests etc should look like. Everything had to be made with precision and with detail, exactly as God commanded. And in order to be able to that, people with special craftsmanship skills were needed.

Now if I were Moses I would have been wondering the whole time who I would use to make these beautiful things for God. And when I finally found someone, I would also have been stressed that they won't be able to make it exactly as God instructed me. But God had already planned ahead:

"Look, I have chosen Bezalel son of Uri, grandson of Hur of the tribe of Judah. I have filled him with the Spirit of God, giving him great wisdom, intelligence, and skill in all kinds of crafts. He is able to create beautiful objects from gold, silver and bronze. He is skilled in cutting and setting gemstones and in carving wood. Yes, he is master at every craft! And I have appointed Oholiab son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Judah, to be his assistant. Moreover, I have given special skill to all the naturally talented craftsmen so they can make all the things I have instructed you to make." Exodus 31:2-6

There are two lessons to be learned from this I think. Firstly, God will provide the necessary skill when you need it. When He instructed you to do something, He will take your natural talent and multiply it with His Spirit to help you to achieve the goal He set before you. Also if you don't have the necessary talents in certain of the aspects He instructed you in, He will bring people along your path with the necessary skills to help you. Moses wasn't a craftsman, he was God's prophet and spokesperson, he couldn't do everything and God didn't expect it of him either, God sent people on his way to help him.

Secondly we must all realize that we are part of God's big plan. Bezalel and Oholiab are not well known Biblical characters. I am sure if I asked you who they were before today's devotion, you most probably would not have known. On the other hand you would most definitely have known who Moses was! But without them, the Tabernacle would not have been built and would not have looked as exquisitely as it did. Each one is important and each task has meaning. Don't think your task is not important because you are not a modern day Moses. In God's sight every single one of us is important. All of us. To Him no one is above another and what pleases Him most is when each one does the task given to him faithfully. No matter how big or how small in the eyes of the world. If you do your best and do what God has asked of you, He will smile broadly at you and will duly reward you accordingly in heaven.

Lord thank you that each of us can know that we have a purpose here in the bigger scheme of things. We don't always see clearly where You want to lead us, but thank you that we know that You have a bigger plan. Please help us not to feel inferior towards another's task or envy the role given to someone else, but please help us to be content with what You have given us. Thank you Lord. Amen

4 comments for “48. Each of us has a role to play”

  1. Gravatar of TanjaTanja
    Posted Friday, 03 May 2013 at 9:38:43 AM

    Thank you for reminding me that God's Plan is perfect and that He use us, very much imperfect, to be part of His perfection. What a blessing to be part of this!!

  2. Posted Friday, 03 May 2013 at 10:32:29 AM

    What a blessing to be part of this!!

  3. Gravatar of Karlien WoodKarlien Wood
    Posted Monday, 06 May 2013 at 11:55:24 AM

    I stand in awe and I admire you for all your hard work giving us all this precious guidance Ilze. God IS FAITHFUL, he equips you and all of us in every way He wants to use us. Thank you for this devotion, just what I needed for I am preparing for 3 sermons coming up. If we are obedient, HE will do the rest! May He bless you abundantly..

  4. Posted Tuesday, 14 May 2013 at 10:08:19 AM

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