Exodus 35:30-35 (NIV)

30 Then Moses said to the Israelites, “See, the LORD has chosen Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, 31 and he has filled him with the Spirit of God, with skill, ability and knowledge in all kinds of crafts 32 to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver and bronze, 33 to cut and set stones, to work in wood and to engage in all kinds of artistic craftsmanship. 34 And he has given both him and Oholiab son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan, the ability to teach others. 35 He has filled them with skill to do all kinds of work as craftsmen, designers, embroiderers in blue, purple and scarlet yarn and fine linen, and weavers–all of them master craftsmen and designers.   

Ephesians 2:10 (NIV)

10 For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.   

DEVOTION -Marion Turnbull (Manchester, England)

I watched the craftsman as he made a beautiful piece of furniture in his workshop.  He took his time, carefully making each cut and then to look at his work.  Some mass-produce their work and make money, but the master craftsman concerns himself with creating a thing of beauty and integrity.  He may never be rich, but he has great satisfaction.

God chose Bezalel and Oholiab to make artistic designs for the Tebernacle.  God filled them with skill, ability and knowledge.  God is a craftsman whose divine spirit gave these men the ability to make beautiful things.  The beautiful furnishings of the Tabernacle were unseen by most people, but God saw and was pleased.

The apostle Paul says that we believers are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works.  And God never does a shoddy job.  The hand of the Craftsman is at work in us and through us, shaping us to be more like Christ.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Even when we can’t see it, God is working in our lives.

PRAYER: Because it is you, dear God, at work in us, we know we can do the works you have prepared for us to do.  We pray as Jesus taught us, saying, “Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.  Thy kingdom come.  Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth. Give us day by day our daily bread.  And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us.  And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil” (Luke 11:2-4, KJV).  Amen.