April 19, 2021
“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.” Exodus 31:2-5
It’s easy to lose sight of how our strengths and talents are gifts from God. Consequently, we strive for success as if it all depends on our ingenuity and work-ethic, or self-promote as if there was no other way to gain new career opportunities. Whew! It’s never-ending and exhausting. And God forbid that it would take a loss in our abilities resulting from an accident or a disease to remind us that it is our gracious Father who has gifted and empowered us to do good works (Ephesians 2:10). But when we do acknowledge the source of our gifts and rely on his Holy Spirit’s direction, beautiful works flow from our minds and hands and glorify him.
Father God, keep reminding us that you are the source of our gifts and help us to use our talents to reveal the beauty of your creation and glorify you. Amen.
Rev. Gordon Green, M.Div., M.A. Counseling