We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain. 2 Corinthians 6:1.
The Lord gave an important lesson to His people in all ages when to Moses on the mount He gave instruction regarding the building of the tabernacle. In that work He required perfection in every detail. Moses was proficient in all the learning of the Egyptians; he had a knowledge of God, and God’s purposes had been revealed to him in visions; but he did not know how to engrave and embroider.
Israel had been held all their days in the bondage of Egypt, and although there were ingenious men among them, they had not been instructed in the curious arts which were called for in the building of the tabernacle. They knew how to make bricks, but they did not understand how to work in gold or silver. How was the work to be done? …
Then God Himself explained how the work was to be accomplished. He signified by name the persons He desired to do a certain work. Bezaleel was to be the architect. This man belonged to the tribe of Judah—a tribe that God delighted to honor….
“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 wisehearted I have put wisdom, that they may make all that I have commanded thee” (Exodus 31:1-6)..
Among the multitude were Egyptians, who had acted as overseers for such work, and thoroughly understood how it should be done. But the work was not dependent upon them. The Lord united with human agencies, giving them wisdom to work skillfully..
Skill in the common arts is a gift from God. He provides both the gift and the wisdom to use the gift aright.
In order that the earthly tabernacle might represent the heavenly, it must be perfect in all its parts, and it must be, in every smallest detail, like the pattern in the heavens. So it is with the characters of those who are finally accepted in the sight of heaven.
Let the workmen in the service of God today pray to Him for wisdom and keen foresight, that they may do their work perfectly..
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—–Pray for God’s leading in our lives. We are not sure how to proceed. B
Throughout my life, I have had the privilege of visiting many museums, aquariums, and art galleries. Amazing exhibits of future inventions that were at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago when I was a teen are now common to our everyday lives. An unusually large, gilded harpsichord and the paintings of Rembrandt were my fondest memories of my visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Smaller museums also yield discoveries that bring delight. Raleigh, North Carolina’s Museum of Natural Sciences’ gem and mineral exhibit is spectacular. Tiny museums in small towns throughout the United States yield a wealth of information on life from pioneer times to the present.
In God’s Holy Word we find greater history than any museum on this old planet. Stories of patriarch and prophet hold lessons for our own life. Paul says, “Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.” 1 Cor 10:11 In the Bible we find greater discoveries of origins than any man made hypothesis. “By the word of the LORD were the heavens made, and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth. He gathereth the waters of the sea together as an heap: he layeth up the depth in storehouses. Let all the earth fear the LORD: let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him. For he spake, and it was done, he commanded, and it stood fast.” Ps 33:6-9
From Genesis to Revelation we find “the Way, the Truth, and the Life revealed.” John 14:6 As we read the Scriptures, we can hear Him say to us, “Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.” Jer 33:3 Every time we read God’s Word, His Holy Spirit is there to enlighten our minds with His truth if we ask Him. Jesus promised, “Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself, but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will show you things to come. He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall show it unto you. All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall show it unto you. John 16:13-15
God’s Word is above every other book. It is God’s message of love and hope and joy for each of us. “Thy words were found, and I did eat them, and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O LORD God of hosts.” Jer 15:16 By His Word we are changed. By His Word we are sanctified. Jesus prayed, “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.” John 17:17 The Psalmist David says, “For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven. Thy faithfulness is unto all generations: thou hast established the earth, and it abideth. They continue this day according to thine ordinances: for all are thy servants. Unless thy law had been my delights, I should then have perished in mine affliction. I will never forget thy precepts: for with them thou hast quickened me….Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me.” Ps 119:89-93,105.133
May we spend time in His Word each day, that we may be changed into His image <2 Cor 3:18>. May we be continually guided by its precepts as we go about our daily life. May we allow His Spirit to fill us as we discover the great and marvelous things He has for us is my prayer.
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