Exodus 31:1-18

Two guys are tasked with building the buildings, crafting the furniture, sculpting gold, sewing and embellishing garments, and making oil and incense…….exactly as God commanded, with every tedious detail laid out in the last six chapters of Exodus. 

So, why these two? How can Moses trust that these guys are able to get it right? He trusts it because God says that he filled them with the Spirit of God, in wisdom, in understanding, in knowledge, and in all manners of workmanship. (vs.3) God filled them. They were designed to do this exact job, at this exact time. And they were designed to do it together. Beautiful. 

What more could we ask for ourselves (or for our kids), than to do the job we’re designed to do, with people who are designed to do it with us.

We spend countless hours pouring over job options – career aptitude surveys in school, job shadowing, degree options, majors and programs – trying to decide what we’ll be good at, what will make us happy, and which thing is going to support our desired lifestyle. I wonder if we spend as much time considering God’s design?

When it comes to choosing a career and deciding what ministry and service projects we should be part of, perhaps we need to think about “filling in the blanks” of verses three and six of Exodus Thirty One. What are my “blanks”? What are yours?

God has filled me with his Spirit, in wisdom, in understanding, in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship, to __________. (vs.3) And I am appointed to work alongside __________. (vs.6)

If the answer is “I have no idea” then we need to ask the one who designed us. We need to ask God…specifically. What am I designed with wisdom to do? Where and with whom am I designed to work/serve?

God cares so much about the details of our lives. And he prepares us perfectly for what he calls us to do. If we don’t know his heart. If we don’t spend time with him, talking with him and listening for him, then we will likely miss our greatest opportunities for accomplishment, impact…and joy.

Jesus, you designed me intentionally, for a perfect purpose. You’ve planted in me the wisdom and knowledge to carry-out great things. Don’t let me miss it. Show me my talents and abilities in a clear and fresh way today, and lead me to the exact people and places that you’ve appointed for me.

We are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. (Ephesians 2:10)