Moses told the Israelites, “See, God has selected Bezalel son of Uri, son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah. He’s filled him with the Spirit of God, with skill, ability, and know-how for making all sorts of things, to design and work in gold, silver, and bronze; to carve stones and set them; to carve wood, working in every kind of skilled craft. And he’s also made him a teacher, he and Oholiab son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan. He’s gifted them with the know-how needed for carving, designing, weaving, and embroidering in blue, purple, and scarlet fabrics, and in fine linen. They can make anything and design anything”.
Exodus 35:30-35, The Message version
I love this passage. In fact I love the accounts of building the Tabernacle and Temple. All those descriptions of jewels, colour, designs, craftsmanship. It’s obviously my creative side that is drawn to these, I just love to imagine what that temple would have looked like, shining in glory & splendour.
I heard someone say last week that when the Holy Spirit is on the move, creativity rises. My ears pricked up because I’ve been thinking about this myself, in relation particularly to expressing prayer through creative means. I’ve written about prayer doodling recently and the theme has made it into an essay too! In fact I’ve heard this theme mentioned a few times this week, which I always think has to be God speaking.
So if this passage gives us anything to go by, creativity is a gift from God, after all he is the creator God, and in this case the gifts are to build something for the glory of God. So then the challenge for us is how we use the gifts we have, simply for God’s glory?
So, today why not ask yourself what gift has God given you, that you can use for his glory?