Today you should read: Exodus 31
God’s instructions continue. He is giving specific instructions to His people regarding important matters of worship and relation to God. It really shows how Holy God is — how set-apart He is — when all of these guidelines are needed just to relate to Him. Think about all the protocol you’d have to go through to go meet with the president. It would probably be more trouble than it’s worth, honestly. But this is not true for God. A wretched sinner can’t just rush into His presence.
In this chapter, we see God give instructions to finish the tent of meeting, the ark of the testimony, the mercy seat, and more (verses 1-11). Following this, God gives further instruction regarding the Sabbath (12-18).
Regarding the finishing instructions, this passage is used to show how the Holy Spirit did not permanently indwell believers like after the new covenant. Those are some great issues to study, but today I want to camp on how God equipped His people for what He called for (verses 3-6).
What has God called you to? What has He commanded of your life over and over again? Are you obeying, or do you still feel unable and disqualified? Are you serving and sharing where you know He has called you to?
Whatever the answer is, we see in this passage that He is calling you for a specific task, for a specific reason, and that He will equip you for it. For the purpose of His plan being accomplished. God pays for what He orders. This passage shows, very clearly, that God equips His people for what He calls for. The quote, “God doesn’t call the equipped, but He equips the called” rings true here, doesn’t it?
How much clearer can God make it? Let’s read it again, “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:” (31:3-6).
If God has called you to a task, obey. Keep following His voice, you know He will equip you for the task and put others around you who are equipped for it as well. The key is that the equipping comes only from Him. When He is the one who equips you, it is He who will receive all the glory.
Posted by: Sam Cirrincione