Spiritual Understanding. Have you ever thought about the talents and abilities God has given you, to do the job He has called you to do, as being part of your own understanding of God's leading in your life? God does not view our lives or this world in the same way we do!
1 Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying: 2 “See, I have called by name Bezalel the son of Uri, the son of Hur,
of the tribe of Judah. 3 And I have filled him with the Spirit of God,
in wisdom, in understanding, in knowledge, and in all manner of
workmanship, 4 to design artistic works, to work in gold, in silver, in
bronze, 5 in cutting jewels for setting, in carving wood, and to work in
all manner of workmanship.
Exodus 31:1-5, NKJV
I think this is a perfect Bible passage to begin a series of devotions on Spiritual Understanding. I say that because sometimes we have a pretty narrow view of what it means to understand life from a correct spiritual point of view, confining it to understanding the Word of God and how it relates to our lives. While that is true, this passage shows us that God does not limit this topic in that way.
In verse one, the Lord is speaking to Moses and informing him that He has filled Bezalel with the Spirit of God, in wisdom, in understanding, in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship, to design artistic works, to work in gold, in silver, in bronze, in cutting jewels for setting, in carving wood, and to work in all manner of workmanship.
Have you ever thought about the talents and abilities God has given you, to do the job He has called you to do, as being part of your own understanding of how God is leading in your life? God does not view our lives or this world in the same way we do! From the moment you become a believer in Christ, you begin living your eternal life! Because God is not confined by time, He has always seen you as a Christian with a task to perform for Him.
Neither does God see one vocation as a higher or better calling than another. I have been told that preachers and other Christians in full-time Christian service are up on a pedestal above all of the rest. My question, however, is: What true believer is not in full-time Christian service? I love my pastor dearly and am so blessed by his ministry; I have dear friends who are serving God on the mission field. But, what would our world be like if every single Christian became a pastor or a missionary?
We have only to look at the example of the Lord Jesus Christ to see that this is not true. He left the glories of Heaven and took on the form of a man--the God Man. He did not enter a king's palace but rather came into a poor home. When He ministered on this earth, He did not court the "religious" or the rich and famous. Jesus had a heart for the masses.
Who would reach those in the factories, on the farms, in the hospitals, at the office, on the golf course, in the production studios, in the colleges and universities, and so on? God equips each of His children to perform a specific purpose in spreading the Gospel and advancing His kingdom here on earth. Everyone is important! Some are more visible, but none are invisible to God!
Pray today for spiritual understanding to learn, perfect, and fulfill the life God has chosen for you by giving you the interests, abilities, and talents you have. Praise God that He uses the weak things of the world to confound the wise!
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