And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying,
See, I have called by name Bezaleel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah:
And I have filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, and in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship,
To devise cunning works, to work in gold, and in silver, and in brass,
And in cutting of stones, to set them, and in carving of timber, to work in all manner of workmanship.
And I, behold, I have given with him Aholiab, the son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan: and in the hearts of all that are wise hearted I have put wisdom, that they may make all that I have commanded thee;
The tabernacle of the congregation, and the ark of the testimony, and the mercy seat that is thereupon, and all the furniture of the tabernacle,
And the table and his furniture, and the pure candlestick with all his furniture, and the altar of incense,
And the altar of burnt offering with all his furniture, and the laver and his foot,
And the cloths of service, and the holy garments for Aaron the priest, and the garments of his sons, to minister in the priest’s office,
And the anointing oil, and sweet incense for the holy place: according to all that I have commanded thee shall they do.
– Exodus 31:1-11
God began creation but He did not complete it. His strategy for perfecting and completing what He started is men. God created sand, but men must mold blocks and build houses. God created trees, but men must build factories and produce wines and fruit juices. He created iron, but men must build bridges. He created aluminum, but men must build aircraft. Men must continue creation from where God stopped.
The truth is that God never stopped creating, but He has continued to create through men. God desires to continue creating through you. When you partner with Him in the business of creation, He pays you high dividends. What is commonly referred to as wealth is the reward God brings to those that have partnered with Him in creating a better world. Genuine wealth comes when you find a way to add value and improve on the things God has created, especially in such a way as to solve problems and bring benefit to humanity – the people He made in His image and likeness.
At a time people in various parts of the world are bemoaning the crisis that has engulfed nations in the form of an economic downturn, there is a set of people God is expecting to tap into His infinite wisdom and begin to provide the solutions the people are yearning for. For your information, the solution to the economic and leadership predicament of your nation does not lie in the hands of those now occupying government positions. You are the Bazeleel and Aholiab of the present generation. God has filled you with “…the Spirit of God, in wisdom, in understanding, in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship” (Exodus 31:3). Put what God has given you to use and provide answers to local and national problems.
- Stir up your gifts, pray in the spirit and venture out.
CONFESSION: I am created in the image and likeness of God. Creativity and ingenuity are part of my inheritance.