WEDNESDAY JANUARY 16, 2019
THEME: DIVINE ENABLEMENT
PASSAGE: EXODUS 31: 1-11
1. And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 2. See, I have called by name Bezaleel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah: 3. And I have filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, and in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship, 4. To devise cunning works, to work in gold, and in silver, and in brass, 5. And in cutting of stones, to set them, and in carving of timber, to work in all manner of workmanship. 6. And I, behold, I have given with him Aholiab, the son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan: and in the hearts of all that are wise hearted I have put wisdom, that they may make all that I have commanded thee; 7. The tabernacle of the congregation, and the ark of the testimony, and the mercy seat that is thereupon, and all the furniture of the tabernacle, 8. And the table and his furniture, and the pure candlestick with all his furniture, and the altar of incense, 9. And the altar of burnt offering with all his furniture, and the laver and his foot, 10. And the cloths of service, and the holy garments for Aaron the priest, and the garments of his sons, to minister in the priest’s office, 11. And the anointing oil, and sweet incense for the holy place: according to all that I have commanded thee shall they do.
There are hundreds of gifts that God gives to men to serve Him with. It is up to an individual to discover what his or her gifts are. Whatever a man is equipped to do, it is the thing he should do unless God makes it clear that he should do otherwise. Some want to speak like others even when they are not equipped to speak. They stubbornly continue with that when other useful gifts they have waste away! God chose Bezaleel, son of Uri, the son of Hur, and told Moses that He had filled him Bezaleel with Spirit of God with skill, ability and knowledge in all kinds of crafts (v1-3)
Each of us has a unique and personal call to be our own selves and not copiers of other people. While some believe that wisdom comes from observation and experiences of life, some think that wisdom is inherent. Others even believe that wisdom is the exclusive preserve of philosophers, the aged and leaders in society. These are good but without divine enablement all is vanity. So, whatever gift God has given you, He would want you to use it for His service. He will give you the wisdom, understanding and knowledge to do the work successfully. However, to receive such gifts, you need God’s favour, and to receive God’s favour, you must be very close to Him.
The fact remains that while some people have one gift, others have two or more gifts. God expects you to use the gift He gave to you to the fullest. He expects you to gain more with the gift and not to bury it. If you fail to use the gift to the fullest, God will surely judge and condemn you on the the Day of Judgement.
HYMN: EMHB 572
1: BEHOLD the servant of the Lord!
I wait Thy guiding eye to feel,
To hear and keep Thy every word,
To prove and do Thy perfect will,
Joyful from my own works to cease,
Glad to fulfil all righteousness.
2: Me, if Thy grace vouchsafe to use,
Meanest of all thy creatures, me,
The deed, the time, the manner choose,
Let all my fruit be found of Thee;
Let all my works in Thee be wrought,
By thee to full perfection brought.
3: My every weak, though good design,
O’errule, or change, as seems Thee meet;
Jesus, let all my work be Thine!
Thy work, O Lord, is all complete,
And pleasing in Thy Father’s sight;
Thou only hast done all things right.
4: Here then to Thee Thy own I leave;
Mould as thou wilt thy passive clay;
But let me all thy stamp receive,
But let me all thy words obey,
Serve with a single heart and eye,
And to thy glory live and die.
Deuteronomy 8:18 “But remember the Lord your God for it is He who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms His covenant which He swore to your forefathers as it is today.”
Lord, grant me Your wisdom, understanding and knowledge to successfully perform with the gifts You have deposited in my life, for in Christ Jesus’ name I pray
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