stuff to talk to God about (part 2).

January 14, 2012

Last year, I told you that I was reading the 30th chapter of every book of the Bible to celebrate my birthday. I have decided to do the same this year, and so far, Exodus 31 has been particularly encouraging.

(By the way, I haven’t made many resolutions this year. I want to learn to make jam, I want to do sit-ups everyday, and I want to stay positive. Reading the Bible definitely helps with staying positive).

Exodus 31 is well known among artists. God gave Bezalel “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.” God says that He has “filled him with the Spirit of God.”

I often get two negative thoughts about art. 1. I should simplify. Should I be writing a novel, playing guitar and writing songs, painting, and doing graphic design? 2. It is not spiritual to do art.

This passage showed me that Bezalel knew how to do A LOT of different things, but they were absolutely needed for building the temple. I am meant to use all of my artistic gifts–that God has given me–to build up God’s house.

In the second half of Exodus 31, God talks a lot about honouring the Sabbath. (I am also doing my best on this one!). I often find that I need to not spend all my free moments making stuff, but to just Be. If I take a day off, my talents also find rest, and I am therefore able to more fully use them the next time they’re needed.

May you know God’s goodness and rest this year and use every gift He’s given you to glorify Him!

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