Equipped and Anointed

By Gordon Robertson

After God delivered the Israelites out of Egypt, He told Moses to have the people build a Tabernacle for Him. Until then, the Jews had only built altars with unhewn stones to make sacrifices to the Lord. Yet now they were to build and furnish a Tabernacle in the wilderness—a wasteland with no resources—and it had to be portable.

The people had just been slaves, making bricks out of mud and straw. How could they build a magnificent sanctuary for the Lord to inhabit?

The answer is found in Exodus 31:1-5, where God tells Moses,

“See, I have called by name Bezalel. … And I have called him with the Spirit of God, in wisdom, in understanding, in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship, to design artistic works, to work in gold, in silver, in bronze, in cutting jewels for setting, in carving wood, and to work in all manner of workmanship.”

“The same wisdom God used to create the heavens is the wisdom He used to create you. And in His eyes, you are greater than the heavens.”

I used to do woodworking as a hobby but never became really good at it. I can’t imagine working in gold, silver and bronze, or cutting jewels. And here Bezalel gets a download from the Holy Spirit that enables him to do all of this.

The same Holy Spirit who called him is in us. And He can give us the same wisdom, understanding and knowledge in all manner of workmanship. He will equip us with everything we need to know for the task that He has assigned us to do.

As Proverbs 3:5-6 tells us, Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.

A good prayer to pray is, “I have no idea what I’m doing, but You know everything, and You can show me.”

God promises in Jeremiah 33:3, “Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.”

We need wisdom. We need understanding. We need discernment. We need to know the way to go. We need the inspiration of the Holy Spirit breathing through everything we do. And we need to consecrate ourselves daily to do the work of the Lord.

The same wisdom God used to create the heavens is the wisdom He used to create you. And in His eyes, you are greater than the heavens.

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