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Sunday, October 23, 2011

Providence 365, Week 43: What are you gifted with?

Do you realize that your gifts, abilities, talents, and knowledge have been given to you for a purpose? They aren't random; you have been given them for a purpose.

The trick to life is figuring out just exactly what that purpose is!

In Exodus 31:2-5, the Israelites were in the desert, and God gave instructions to Moses for the construction of the Tabernacle.  Have you ever read this story?  It's truly incredible; the Tabernacle was a wondrous work of art, with carving, tapestries, perfumes, and sparkling jewels.  Moses needed some expert workers for the job, and they were provided:

"See, I have called by name Bezalel the son of Uri, son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with ability and intelligence, with knowledge and all craftsmanship, to devise artistic designs, to work in gold, silver, and bronze, in cutting stones for setting, and in carving wood, to work in every craft. And behold, I have appointed with him Oholiab, the son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan. And I have given to all able men ability, that they may make all that I have commanded you:  the tent of meeting, and the ark of the testimony, and the mercy seat that is on it, and all the furnishings of the tent, the table and its utensils, and the pure lampstand with all its utensils, and the altar of incense, and the altar of burnt offering with all its utensils, and the basin and its stand, and the finely worked garments, the holy garments for Aaron the priest and the garments of his sons, for their service as priests, and the anointing oil and the fragrant incense for the Holy Place. According to all that I have commanded you, they shall do."

These craftsmen (and there were women, too) were gifted specifically for this.  Someone who had spent his whole life in bondage to Pharaoh in Egypt and was now wandering in the desert was placed here to weave the high priest's garment.  A woman who labored making bricks out of Egyptian mud was now honored with mixing incense for the altar of God Most High.

Where have YOU been placed?

If you are a mom, that place is obviously your family and home.

If your children are grown, or perhaps you don't have children, have you been placed in a church, a neighborhood, or profession? 

Usually, God is gracious in placing us in spots where those gifts are needed and appreciated, so we really don't have far to look. Sometimes, He nudges us in the right direction by a request or an obvious need for help.

Have you been asked to help out at church?  At the local homeless shelter?
Or maybe, you have been asked to assist in your child's classroom.  Perhaps there is a special assignment at work, just waiting for you to fill.

So, take honest stock of your talents, gifts, knowledge, and abilities; chances are they have been given Providentially to lead you to the special task God has in mind.  Just for you.

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CBH said...

Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in CBH Digital Scrapbooking Freebies, under the Page 3 post on Oct. 24, 2011. Thanks again.

anitab said...

Thank you for sharing these verses! I've done a number of 'spiritual gifts' studies, without ever hearing this passage mentioned - very thought-provoking - good!!