Dear Lord, how wonderful it would be to be like Bezalel or Oholiab. These two are singled out by name as being chosen by You, and filled with skill, ability and knowledge in all kinds of crafts. They knew metalwork on gold, silver and bronze, stone cutting and setting, how to work with wood, yarn, and linen as craftsmen and designers. And they had the ability to teach others these things. They worked effectively with everyone You gave skill and ability to, to carry out the work of constructing the tabernacle and all the things in it.
You have said that each believer receives a spiritual gift or gifts, as well as skills and talents. How wonderful it would be to be aware of that gift and have the opportunity to use it to create something that would point people to You and bring honor to Your name.
Father, help me and my loved ones be like Bezalel and Oholiab. Help us refine our gifts and talents, work on them and develop them to be ready for use when You give the opportunity.
Father, they did not shrink back from using their gifts. Sometimes I feel my talent isn’t good enough to be of use, and rather than step forward, I shrink back. I am often sure that the gifts of others are more valuable than mine. Help me trust that You knew what You were doing when You handed out the gifts. Help me accept who I am and what I have to offer, and make the most of it.
Are people the only ones of Your creation who doubt themselves and are envious? I doubt that an apple tree ever wishes it could produce peaches. Or a monkey ever wishes it had a fluffy tail like a fox. It’s easy for me to see and trust Your plan as it worked out in the lives of Moses, Bezalel, and Oholiab. Take away the doubts I have when it comes to my own life. Help me see Your plan and Your purpose, and be bold in doing my part. Amen