Exodus Extracts 31 – God’s Got Just The Right Guys

“See, I have called by name Bezalel the son of Uri, 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 craftsmanship,
(Exodus 31:2-3 ESV)

As He winds up His tabernacle instructions to Moses in Exodus 31, God looks at two key issues for His business.

The second is covered in verses 12-18 and is about the importance of the Sabbath. That’s an intriguing matter to explore as others have subsequently done in the years since. What I would say on the matter here, is how God wants His people to take the day seriously as He did on that seventh day. That rest, compared to what others stress on today, is something worth reconsidering.

It’s the first issue that captures my interest on this occasion, though. The first 11 verses of this chapter are among my favourite sections of the entire Bible. Lots of reasons for it too, but for the time being I will put it this way.

Whether it’s at work or in church, it’s tragic to witness people being employed or selected to do something for which they are patently not suitable. Co-ordinators who are hopeless at co-ordination. Managers clearly inept at managing. Those who are meant to train who have little to no idea how to train. Well meaning volunteers leading a song service who compete with wailing cats as to who can make your ears bleed the worst. People put in leadership positions in church more out of politics that actual calling and competence.

The effects of such ill considered decisions are evident in the high turnover of employees in certain companies as well as the crumbling down and ineffectual Kingdom witness of certain Christian communities. The saddest thing in all that are the lives wasted never realising their God-given capacity for impacting the world for good.

What’s brilliant about the first eleven verses of this chapter is how God Himself selects and equips specialists for the project He’s been outlining. It highlights again that if there’s a job to do, God knows the right folks for the job. He knows because He made them, He knows because He equipped them, He knows because He instils in them His Spirit of wisdom to exercise their specialism for His glory.

In the beginning He created man because He knew His image bearer would be the right person for the job of stewarding His creation. In the tabernacle project, He knew those who would be the right guys for stewarding its development. In the Kingdom project, He knows the right people for the right places to shine for Him in their specialism.

Whether it’s your burden, your gift or your passion, whatever He has given you is for you to use for His glory in displaying where God wants to dwell – with us.

It’s a reminder for us in any walk of life to be aware that if it’s God’s work He has the right guys for the job. Be aware of that and also spot where that right guy is you!

For His Name’s Sake
C. L. J. Dryden

For His Name’s Sake
C. L. J. Dryden


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