Thirsty Thursday: Called By Name

Bezalel was born a slave in Egypt. He probably thought that was all he would ever be. Most likely, he never wondered if God would use him to do anything great. What can be done when you’re considered property?

Then God used Moses to free the Israelites from bondage (Exodus 3:7-12). While they were in the wilderness, God told Moses He wanted a tabernacle to be built (Exodus 26). He had specific designs, furnishings, and motifs in mind. He also knew who was to be the leader in building the tabernacle and all it contained.

The Lord said to Moses, “See, I have called by name Bezalel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with ability and intelligence, with knowledge and all craftmanship, to devise artistic designs, to work in gold, silver, and bronze, in cutting stones for setting and in carving wood, to work in every craft. Exodus 31:1-5

God gave Bezalel certain gifts. He gave Bezalel these talents to build the tabernacle. Bezalel would even make the ark of the covenant, which is amazing (Exodus 37:1-9). The place where God would dwell on earth. The very seat of God’s mercy on earth would be fashioned by Bezalel’s hands. The hands of a former slave of Egypt no less.

You have been called by name to do the extraordinary. Let me tell you, I do not feel very extraordinary. I feel ordinary. Most days, I feel less than ordinary. But I have been called by name to be Hunny’s wife. I have been called by name to be Yeeyum’s mommy. I have been called by name to be Cupcake’s caregiver. These sound pretty ordinary, but when I ask God to show His glory through this work, it is extraordinary.

Here’s a personal example: When Hunny and I were dating, he had a pencil sketch of a flower on his desk. He told me that he would paint it some time in the distant future. I kept asking him about this flower. I felt like God gave him a gifting to art and that I was meant to encourage him in it. He finished that piece and it reawakened his love of art. Since then, he has painted numerous paintings, done several art shows, donated art for a fundraiser, and has sold his artwork.

God has called you by name to be a sister, to be a friend, to be a spouse, to be a co-worker, to be an employer… He has called YOU. You were meant to do the extraordinary. God wants to use you to make something amazing on earth.

Thirsty Thursday: Gifts from God

I have been given many gifts in my short lifetime.  Some were super cool and others were things that I had to paste a smile on my face and politely say, “Thank you for…this.”  But every gift that has been given to me has the same Giver:

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. James 1:17

I was reading the Bible and this verse jumped out at me.  Every good gift is from God.  Every perfect gift is from God.  I feel like knowing this simple fact is important.  Think of something in your life that is good or perfect…  It’s from God.  Your friendships are from God.  Your health is from God.  Your home is from God.  Your car is from God.  Your family is from God.  Whatever is good or perfect is from God.

God doesn’t change.  He’s not going to change His mind and take back the gifts He has given you.  He is not going to stop loving you or stop showering you with blessings.

I am especially thankful for the gift of friendship that God has given me through some awesome people.  This has been a rocky week at best and being able to spend time with people who love the Lord and love me has been a blessing.  Take a moment to reflect on the good things that happened to you or that you have been given today.  Think of something small like the sun shining.  Meditate on the Giver for a moment and thank Him for the many gifts He has given you.