I love meeting new people, don’t you? I love to hear their stories, to hear what they are doing with their life. Recently I “met” a man while I was reading through the Bible Chronologically. He has been there all the time, I just hadn’t noticed. He isn’t talked about much, many might even say he weren’t that important. But as I read his short story I marveled at my God. I marveled at His grace and His power to use and equip those who are often just ordinary people.
Have you met Bezalel? We first meet him in Exodus 31 and while he is only mentioned a few times his story can be such and encouragement to so many of us.
We don’t know a lot about Bezalel’s family but what we do know is that he was the son of Uri and grandson of Hur. He came from the tribe of Judah. We know that God called him by name. The God of creation called Bezalel by name.
God called him to do a work, a great work. A work that I am sure he felt ill equipped to do.
We also find that not only was he called but God equipped him to do what He called him to do!! Don’t you just love it?
In verse 3 of Chapter 31 we see that our marvelous God filled Bezalel with the Spirit of wisdom, of understanding, of knowledge and in all kinds of craftsmanship. God had a work for Bezalel to do and equipped him for it.
God had called him to “make artistic designs for work in gold, in silver, and in bronze, and in the cutting of stones, for settings and in the carving of wood and all kinds of craftsmanship” so that he could build the tabernacle where God would dwell.
It was a mighty work. God called a man, an ordinary man.
Reading the story of Bezalel has been such an encouragement to me. I am ordinary, I am nothing special, but I serve an extraordinary God. I serve a God who calls the ordinary to do a work for Him and then fills them with what is needed for the work.
He has called me by name to do a work for Him. So with a heart ready to obey I wait for His instruction, for the work He has called me to do.
What about you? Do you feel ordinary? Do you wonder if God can use you?
Be encouraged by the story of Bezalel who was called by name to do a work for God.