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Called to God's Work

Believers often use the term “called by God” to describe things in which we or others seem specifically talented or gifted. Indeed, the Bible shows over and over again that God calls people to come to Him and do special tasks for His Kingdom purposes. Today I’d like to highlight one calling of God, and that is in relation to accomplishing a specific task He’s set before us.

In the last half of Exodus we read that God had just finished giving Israel the Ten Commandments and was providing specifics how they were to worship Him. God gave Moses very explicit instructions on how the tabernacle and everything in it were to be constructed. Reading these chapters, you might think Moses was probably wondering how on earth he would accomplish this. After all, the nation of Israel was stranded in the desert!

Then Moses said to the sons of Israel, “See, the Lord has called by name Bezalel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah. And He has filled him with the Spirit of God, in wisdom, in understanding and in knowledge and in all craftsmanship; to make designs for working in gold and in silver and in bronze, and in the cutting of stones for settings and in the carving of wood, so as to perform in every inventive work. He also has put in his heart to teach, both he and Oholiab, the son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan. He has filled them with skill to perform every work of an engraver and of a designer and of an embroiderer, in blue and in purple and in scarlet material, and in fine linen, and of a weaver, as performers of every work and makers of designs. (Exodus 35:30-35 NASB, emphasis added)

God always has a plan. The Lord very literally provided the materials (see Exodus 12:36), then hand-picked specific individuals to do the work needed to build the tabernacle.

God doesn’t call us to do something that we absolutely cannot do. He will give us the knowledge, wisdom, strength, and means to do the task He’s put before us, and when we aren’t meant to do it alone, He will bring others to come along to help.

We may at times come across a rock that seems far too big to move; a task too complex; a ministry calling that seems totally impossible to accomplish. But if God has called us to do it, He will provide a way to complete it. Our job is to obey the call, just as Isaiah said to the Lord, “here I am, send me!” (Isaiah 6:8). We must be willing to respond to the call even if it seems difficult or impossible, trusting God’s plan never fails.

Be encouraged today that God has not asked the impossible of you. Whatever it is you are called by Him to do, He’ll empower you to see it through. If you feel weak, pray for strength and help. God won’t abandon you to failure when He’s called you (Phil 4:13).

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