“Moreover, I have appointed Oholiab son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan, to help him. Also I have given skill to all the craftsmen to make everything I have commanded you: the Tent of Meeting, the ark of the Testimony with the atonement cover on it, and all the other furnishings of the tent— the table and its articles, the pure gold lampstand and all its accessories, the altar of incense, the altar of burnt offering and all its utensils, the basin with its stand— and also the woven garments, both the sacred garments for Aaron the priest and the garments for his sons when they serve as priests, and the anointing oil and fragrant incense for the Holy Place. They are to make them just as I commanded you.” Exodus 31:6-11
As I was reading through Exodus 25 – 31, I realized that God is quite into the details. He is very specific. People, if you think God works in general terms, you better read these chapters. God instructed Moses very specific measurements and designs from the Tabernacle to Aaron’s priestly garments. You will see how involved God is with His creations.
As I was reading this, I was thinking if I were Moses, how could I manage everyone to do all these projects exactly the way He wants it? It is now my responsibility to delegate the plans to the workers. Knowing me, I would probably anticipate the problems that may arise.
Reminding myself, I should be graceful with regards to the inquiries of other people. I would have to be patient and loving in every difficult situation met in each project that we were assigned to. I would have to think of ways on how to effectively motivate and constructively speak to my fellow workers. I will have to be encouraging and supportive so that everyone will be able to work the best way they can. Surely, I will remind them that what we are doing is an act of worship.
On my part, I would need to do a lot of studying. Because for sure, I wouldn’t know half of what my Father was saying. What do I know about carpentry and metal forging! Now, do you feel the stress? Hahaha. I will have to use my imagination so that the designs would come out the way He wanted it.
Probably, I would get a heart attack from all the stress of overseeing, instructing, delegating and quality checking; moreover, focusing on the nitty-gritty.
The Good News is that in every stressful situation, God has got an answer planned. He said in the verse, “I have given skill to all the craftsmen to make everything I have commanded you”. Now all the stress and the worrying that I would have gone through would be useless. I need not to worry nor fret about all of the assignments given to me. For God made sure that he would equip the people to carry out what He wants to happen.
This is the kind of God we have. Our Father will equip us, His people, to complete the tasks that He has given us. Imagine, faced with insurmountable stress and a long list of orders to complete, God made it sure that His people are able to do what He says. He blessed them with the ability to comprehend, to see what needs to be done, and the skill to create them. He didn’t leave Moses pulling out his hair in panic. He reassured Moses that through Him things would be done according to plan. It will be done by His will.
Through God, we will never find ourselves in a situation where we are hopeless without any solutions. In fact, we are always in a position to know how to solve certain quandaries. We only have to remain in faith with Him. We have had experiences when we were overcome by panic and worry only to realize that all the agitation was senseless.
When we rely on God first, there will be no need for panic. He will certainly equip us at the right time and accordingly so that we will be able to do what we are supposed to do, which is to glorify His name. In times of struggle and seeming impossibilities, let us pray and seek for His help. He’s got all the right answers.
“If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.” James 1:5 (NIV)