Thursday, May 3, 2018

He Knows

In Exodus 31, God tells Moses the name of the two men that would be able to make the items needed for the temple.  Moses was meeting with God and God laid out the plan for the tabernacle.  For 6 chapters.  In precise details.  Exactly what the tabernacle will be made of, exactly what will be inside it, how everything will be adored - complete with measurements and weights.  Then God says Bezalel and Oholiab will be able to make all this stuff.

Let that sink in...

1. God knew these craftsmen's names and abilities.  He knew because He created them.  He bestowed those talents.

2. God did not give Moses all these instructions then say "good luck, see ya later".  God gave instructions and how those instructions should be carried out.  Bezalel and Oholiab had the talent and the directions.

What does this mean for us?

1. God knows your name. He knows my name.  He knows our strengths and weaknesses.  He has a plan to use both our strengths and our weaknesses for His glory.

2. God will not give us a dream without guidance.  Unfortunately, we do not get Moses-Tabernacle detail plans.  We have to stay connected to Him.  We have to be obedient.  Do the first thing He asks.  Wait for the next step.

I think He does this because of the Israelites.  He gave them the entire plan and they messed it up.  If He gave me the entire plan, I would definitely mess it up.  I would charge forward to get the plan done. I would not be able to wait for His timing.  I would not learn the lessons I need to be successful along the way.

However, if I stay connected to God, wait for Him to tell me the next step and be obedient, things work out much better. Because He knows my name and what He has planned for me. And that's so comforting.

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