Exodus 31:2-3 Given Enough To Do The Job

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“See, I have chosen Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, with understanding, with knowledge, and with all kinds of skills–” Exodus 31:2-3

Each person has different talents or skills to do different things in this life. Some people excel at math and can do engineering work, that most others cannot even comprehend. Others have the ability to write, or do carpentry, or work with metal, or design something specific. Each one is a little different.

Those that do not have that type of skill, cannot understand how another can do it so easily and so well. With some schooling and a lot of hard work, some people can train themselves to do just about any skill there is. Yet, for most people, there is a block that keeps them from learning some things. They just don’t have that ability.

As God was having Moses gather materials and people to build the temple and all the things in it, God gave him Bezalel to help out with the construction of the materials. God had placed His Holy Spirit upon Bezalel so that he would be able to do many things. He was filled with wisdom, understanding, knowledge and many different skills. God gave him what he needed to get the job done.

God works in the same way today with believers. He calls them to do some work for Him, then He equips them with what is needed to get the job done. The Holy Spirit can come upon a person and fill him in an extraordinary way to do extraordinary things.

The ways God gives those abilities may be different for each person. Some will just be given the ability to quickly learn with ease in schooling. Others will be given supernatural knowledge to just know how to do something as needed.

You are no different than Bezalel. God has given you some skills to do something for the kingdom of God that no other person can do. Seek God to find out what that skill is and what that job is. Set your heart on doing the work God has for you to do in order to build His kingdom and bring Him glory.

Don’t try to be someone you are not. Use what God has already given you to build His kingdom.

I pray today that God’s Spirit will rest upon you; that you will know the guidance the Holy Spirit will give you; that you will know the talents God has given you; and that you will use what God has given you for His kingdom and glory.

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Ezekiel 14:17-18 Only One Allows For Salvation

“Or if I bring a sword against that country and say, ‘Let the sword pass throughout the land,’ and I kill its people and their animals, as surely as I live, declares the Sovereign LORD, even if these three men were in it, they could not save their own sons or daughters. They alone would be saved.” Ezekiel 14:17-18

God was telling Ezekiel who could be saved during the judgment against a nation. He lists Daniel, Noah, and Job as the three men, who were known to be righteous, God-fearing men, whom God listened to. These men would be saved, but they would not be able to save any of their children. They would be saved on their own merit alone.

There are people who grow up in homes with parents who believe in God. They grow up being brought to church, but do not have a relationship with God. It is just something that they do, not who they are. They go because mom and dad told them that they must go.

Many of these very same people go to church believing that they are saved. The parents believe that they are saved also. Yet, they do not have a relationship with God. They have never asked for forgiveness for their sins and are not really following God. There is no real salvation.

People cannot be saved on the merit of someone else. It is an individual thing for each person. There will be a day when Jesus returns to judge the world. Those who have chosen to not believe in Him, will be destroyed and cast into hell, separated from God for all eternity.

Jesus had even said that there would be many who claimed to know Him, but that He never knew them. The reason He does not know them is because they never did His will.

You are not saved by what you do, it is only by faith in Jesus that you are saved. However, you prove your faith in Jesus by what you do. You cannot hang onto what your parents or someone else has done to get saved.

What would Jesus say about you or to you if He was to return today?

Would you be found true and faithful to Him?

Or would He say He does not know you?

I pray today that you will know Jesus in a personal way; that you will prove your faith by serving Him; that you will not rely on salvation because of another person; and that you will be His witness in this world.

Jeremiah 1:6-8 I’m Not Qualified

“Alas, Sovereign LORD,” I said, “I do not know how to speak; I am too young.” But the LORD said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am too young.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the LORD. Jeremiah 1:6-8

God had called Jeremiah to speak to the nations. It is believed that Jeremiah was just a teenager at the time of this calling. The first thing Jeremiah tells God is that he cannot speak and is too young, he is not qualified to do the job.

These are common words for many people, even today. God calls a person to do some type of ministry and the first thing they say is that they are not qualified. This is not even talking about going around the world to reach nations, it is just doing ministry in their local church, town or workplace.

People like to say that they do not have the training or experience to do a ministry. The problem is that everyone has to start at some point with no real training. Going to bible college sounds good, but all it really gives one is book knowledge. Real experience is learned by actually going out and doing a ministry.

God allows you to get experience in the real world by giving you an assignment. The professors in the college cannot give you the words to speak and they will not be there with you. God will do both.

Every believer has a testimony of what God has done in his life. You have yours also. All you need to do is go out and tell others what God has done for you and what God can do for them. As you go into this world, God will give you the words to speak and He will not leave you alone. There will be trouble and hard times, but God will bring you through them.

Let go of your fears and be willing to step out into what God has for you to do. Jeremiah did and became one of the great prophets. With God you are more than qualified to do anything He has called you to do.

What are you willing to let God do through you?

I pray today that God will show you what He has for you to do; that you will not fear doing God’s will; that you will know God’s presence in your life; and that you will speak the words God gives you.

Job 42:3 Speaking Without Knowledge

You asked, ‘Who is this that obscures my plans without knowledge?’ Surely I spoke of things I did not understand, things too wonderful for me to know.

God had just finished showing Job how He is in absolute control of everything. Job then realized that when he was complaining about the suffering God was putting him through, he was speaking without really understanding. Job knew that he had been wrong about God in what he had said.

People often speak about things that they really do not understand or know everything about. During football season, there are many “armchair coaches” or “quarterbacks” that could do it better. They see a play and get angry because it should have been done a different way. There are also many people who are the “backseat drivers” in a vehicle. Again, they know how to best drive the vehicle in every situation.

When people make comments about things other people have done, often it is through their own experience or viewpoint. The consideration that the other person may be doing the best possible way of getting something done, does not usually enter the mind.

This type of speaking is often done with God. God allows something in a person’s life, and the person gets upset. How could God allow that? What was He thinking? God is absolutely in the wrong.

People, including believers, often question what God is doing. Or question why God will not allow something to happen. When this happens, they are basically saying that God is not really in control and does not have all knowledge.

God really does see the bigger picture. Would you have sent your son to die to forgive a person who hates and hurts you? Would you allow pain and suffering in order to draw a person closer to you?

God’s ways are higher than your ways. You cannot always understand why God does what He does, or allows what He allows. Take a look at how this world and the universe works. Can you run all of that yourself? God can.

Trust that God knows what He is doing. Job did not see the bigger picture in what God was doing in his life. He did not see the testimony that God was giving him.

You will not see everything either, but you can trust that it is all for your good. Do not speak against God.

I pray today that you will trust God’s plans for your life; that you will not fear what God has brought into your life; that you will not speak against God; and that God will use you to reach this world for Him.

Job 40:3-4 Silence Before God

Then Job answered the LORD: “I am unworthy–how can I reply to you? I put my hand over my mouth. I spoke once, but I have no answer–twice, but I will say no more.” Job 40:3-4

God asks who is trying to correct Him. Job had been saying that he would stand before God to state his case and show that God made a mistake in punishing him with all the struggles he had been going through. Job realizes who God really is and states that he made a mistake in judging God. He will now keep silent before God and no longer accuse God of doing something wrong.

When people are going through a tough time, most people like to blame others for what is happening. It is easy for a person to think that the fault is someone else’s.

This also happens with blaming God for what is happening. There have been people who served God for years, then something catastrophic happens in their life. They choose to blame God for the problems and feel He is in the wrong. Then they choose to walk away from God, because they refuse to follow a God who allows bad things to happen.

God only allows things to happen in a person’s life that is the best thing for that person. As a person is going through a hard time, it is difficult to see how it can be the best thing to happen. It may feel like God made a mistake…but He never does make a mistake.

Take a look at the natural world around you. Look at how the stars and planets move in perfect sync with each other. Look at how the animals survive. Look at how the oceans stay in place. Look at how the rains come and go as needed. See the wonder of the sunrise and sunset. If God can control all of those great things correctly, don’t you think He can control your life correctly?

Paul said that all things work together for your good. God is working to bring about the best in your life. Although Job felt pain and sorrow, he was going to be rewarded in the end. He would be set as an example of great faith and trust in God.

Are you blaming God?

Or will you trust He knows what He is doing?

I pray today that you will know God’s presence in your life; that you will trust God with your life; that you will trust that God knows what He is doing; and that you will be a great example of faith for God to use.

Job 38:2 Hiding God’s Plans

Who is this that obscures my plans with words without knowledge? Job 38:2

Job had been going through many different trials. He was wondering why God was putting him through the troubles. His friends were judging him harshly because of those troubles. God had remained silent, until now. As God begins to speak, His first words were a question. He wanted to know who was trying to hide His plans without any real knowledge.

Throughout the rest of this chapter God describes many different things that He does. Some of these were laying out the path of the stars, holding the seas in place, causing there to be rain, where the light is hidden at night, and many other things. In each of these God points out that many is no where to be seen in the process.

With God being able to do all these things, He has plans also for each and every man. People, however, do not always understand or accept God’s plans for their lives. They will try to explain away what is occurring in their life.

Those who do not believe in God at all, will try to explain the situations by natural means. Science and cause and effect are looked at to give a reason why a person is going through some situation.

Believers will also try to explain God’s plans away. Often difficult times are seen as judgement for a hidden or past sin.

Job’s friends felt that Job had sinned in some manner to bring on the great judgement from God. Job, himself, felt that God hated him and was against him for some unknown reason. Both were hiding the real reason for what was occurring in Job’s life.

Look back at the beginning chapters and see that God was challenging the devil and proving who Job really was. In reality, what was happening was an honor to Job, that God would think of him that way.

God’s ways are above your ways. You may not understand the full reason why you are going through a trial. Be careful not to try and hide what God is doing in your life. Do not hide His plans. Ultimately His plans is to make you like Jesus–holy and righteous.

Are you trusting His plans for your life?

I pray today that God will reveal His plans for your life; that you will trust God to guide your life; that you will not judge God for His plans for you; and that you will be a witness of God’s love and power to this world.

Job 37:23 Unreachable?

The Almighty is beyond our reach and exalted in power; in his justice and great righteousness, he does not oppress. Job 37:23

Elihu talks of the mighty power of God. He goes into details showing that God controls the weather and the sun. No one has the power to do those things. He believes that God is so exalted that He is beyond the reach of a human being. Elihu does get it right that God does not oppress people in His great power.

In many corporations or big businesses, the head person is often in an office that is inaccessible by the average worker. There is usually one or more secretaries who screen all calls and people wanting access to the boss. While many are inaccessible, there are some that hold an “open-door” policy. This means that they are available to talk to about any concerns at any time needed.

The belief that God is beyond reach is a common belief among many people around the world, including in different false religions. There are many that believe in God, but feel that they cannot approach Him or get His attention. These feelings extend from the knowledge that they are sinful, or because they have done something so bad in the past that God will have nothing to do with them.

The writer of Hebrews tells us that we are to approach God’s throne with confidence. Although God is beyond the knowledge of man, through Jesus He has stepped into man’s world to be known by him. God makes Himself available to be approached. He wants to spend time with every person.

God will not oppress you or strike you down when you approach Him. He wants you to come to Him with all of your cares. God wants a relationship with you. If He did not, He would not have sent His Son to die on the cross for you, God would have just destroyed everyone.

God wants to be known. If you seek him with all of your heart, you will find Him. He will not remain hidden. God is not unreachable or unapproachable. Go to Him today and find out what He has for you. Spend time with God and your days will find fulfillment beyond all measure.

I pray today that you will seek God and His presence; that you will have a relationship with God; that you will not fear God; and that you will bring all your cares to Him.