And I have filled him with the Spirit of God, in wisdom, in understanding, in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship.
Exodus 31:3 (NKJV)
Can you imagine being a brick layer all your life? Your daddy was a brick layer. Your grandaddy was a brick layer. Your kids were most likely going to be brick layers. It was all you knew. Imagine then, being called forth to work with metal, with jewels, and with very specific instructions. I would bet you and I would be overwhelmed. I am willing to guess that so was Bezalel. Mentioned in chapter 31 of Exodus, Bezalel was to be the one of the artists who was responsible for building the Tabernacle of God. I can just picture the look on his face when Moses came by to give him the job description. I know how my flesh would have responded. You want me to do what? I am not trained in that area! I have no experience. I don’t know what I am doing!
But there is a little catch in verse 3. The Lord had equipped Bezalel. He had filled Bezalel with knowledge beyond what he had. Knowledge beyond what his experiences taught him. Knowledge that was exactly what Bezalel needed to complete the task set before him.
I don’t know about you, but there are times when I feel overwhelmed at what God has placed before me. I feel unequipped for the task at hand. I believe my experience is limited and the job before me is outside its bounds. Maybe you had parents who failed more than succeeded and you think you can’t do it either. Perhaps you grew up in a house full of girls and the Lord blessed you with all boys…ahem. Your struggle might be at work. It could even be in ministering to a friend or a stranger where you feel overwhelmed.
Be encouraged, if the Lord has called you (and that is the sticking point), He will most certainly give you what you need to do it. The little shot of wisdom before you speak to your teenager. The little bolt of peace before you make a presentation or speak with your boss. The words that seem to be flowing out of your mouth or off your page, as you minister to friends and strangers alike, that you know are not yours.
In both big and small areas, from potty training to platform speaking, the Lord has sent His Spirit to give us all the knowledge, wisdom, and understanding we need to do the job set before us. Through Jesus, you will lack nothing required for the task. It does not mean we won’t be nervous or afraid. However, it does give us the boldness to press on, knowing we are complete in Christ Jesus.
Make you complete in every good work to do His will, working in you what is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to who be glory forever and ever, Amen.
Hebrews 13;21 (NKJV)
Father God, thank You that You have promised to prepare us. We may not know we are prepared. We may feel anxious and overwhelmed. You, however, are not. You have everything we need to complete the assignments You have set before us, and You willingly equip us. Whether they be tasks You have called us to in the public eye, or the tasks we are called to in the privacy of our own homes, You have supplied our every need. Remind us and prompt us, Holy Spirit, to seek the knowledge and wisdom so readily available to us in the Word of God. Prick our hearts to pray in those times we need direction. Give us ears to hear instructions and the strength to walk them out. In Jesus mighty and saving Name….Amen.