“The Lord said to Moses, ‘Tell the people of Israel that everyone who wants to may bring me an offering.'” Exodus 25:1,2
My dear girls,
Do you ever feel under-equipped for the task in front of you?
God had given Moses plans for the Ark of the covenant, a table, lampstands, and the Tabernacle. It called for lots of gold, and fine linen, and skilled craftsmen. Now these people were with Moses in the wilderness; where in the world were they going to find all of this stuff? Did Moses know how to build all of these things…and embroider cherubim? Was God calling Moses to create a masterpiece?
“I want the people of Israel to build me a sacred residence where I can live among them” (Ex.25:8).
If you look back, you can see that the Israelites had all of these materials with them. My thought is that when the Egyptians were giving stuff to the Israelites as they were leaving, they probably threw in a bunch of golden idols. God’s plan may have been for all the idols to be liquidated and the gold used for holy purposes.
And many people were needed for this project; it was a team effort. This wasn’t about how great Moses was, but how he could communicate God’s plans to accomplish God’s purposes. And God’s values seen here were unity of vision, teamwork, skilled craftsmanship in specific areas, submission to leadership and relationship with God.
#1 Before God calls me to do a task he will make sure I have everything I need to do it – even if I have to get creative to find it;
#2 In my church family and in my homegrown family I am not called to be the superstar, but to be a leader. I am surrounded by people who may be skilled in an area that I am trying to be successful. I need to find out what I’m called to do and let others do what they are called to do.
#3 What if my responsibility is simply to hear from God and pass on His word—and not to babysit or micromanage? I need to model a relevant relationship with God that others can learn from.
Dear Lord, I want to hear from You and clearly speak Your words. Father, would You grant us favor with unbelievers in such a way that we would be showered with wealth in order to do Your will. Amen 😊
with love, Mom