Believing God Equips You – Exodus 31
By Mary Freeman
The Lord said to Moses, “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, 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. And behold, I have appointed with him Oholiab, the son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan. And I have given to all able men ability, that they may make all that I have commanded you: the tent of meeting, and the ark of the testimony, and the mercy seat that is on it, and all the furnishings of the tent, the table and its utensils, and the pure lampstand with all its utensils, and the altar of incense, and the altar of burnt offering with all its utensils, and the basin and its stand, and the finely worked garments, the holy garments for Aaron the priest and the garments of his sons, for their service as priests, and the anointing oil and the fragrant incense for the Holy Place. According to all that I have commanded you, they shall do.” (Exodus 31: 1-11 ESV)
Following are Mary’s thoughts on her art and the passage that inspired it:
God prepared Bezalel to accomplish the task he called him to.
God filled him with the Spirit of God.
God filled him with ability.
God filled him with intelligence.
God filled him with knowledge.
When God calls us to a specific task, we can be sure we will have what it takes to accomplish it, with his help.
Sometimes our talents and gifts and strengths get buried under living. Sometimes it takes the living of years to bring into blossom those gifts and talents and strengths. And sometimes we have to begin when we don’t feel rightly equipped, because if God calls us he will certainly provide what is needed along the way.
Editor’s note: When Mary submitted her art for this month, out of curiosity I asked her how the elephant image connected with the passage. She said she wasn’t sure, only that it was an image she was drawn to lately, and she was asking God what the connection was. Earlier, she had shared with me the following:
I am not sure if God is trying to impress this on me, or if someone reading PYP needs this or both (probably both)—this is kind of a continuation of my last month’s post. I am hearing “I have called you, and I am equipping you.”
Mary offered to change the image for today’s post, but ultimately we’re sticking with the elephant, believing that God brought it to her mind for a reason. Was it for you?
Mary has always kept a journal, but what began as a woman’s own journey of God-discovery in her personal journaling, has spawned a ministry of reconciliation and healing for women. A few years ago, this mom of three realized a desire to dig deeper into her own heart-wounds and invite God into her hurt. The artist in her began experimenting with layering images, patterns and text into journal pages that captured words and feelings in a more coherent and impacting way. As Mary began to share her experience with her friends, opportunities to teach the technique of visual journaling began to open. Mary now leads workshops at her local church and in her home studio. She says, “God rewrote the text of my life when I opened the book of my heart to His eyes…” Find her at asplendidadventure.blogspot.com and asplendidadventure.etsy.com.