Exodus 35: A Creative God
One of my favourite things about God is that he is creative! Not only can I see an incredible sunrise and see his ability to paint the skies, or look at a newborn child and see how he knits perfectly together the human frame, but I can also see God’s creativity in how he problem solves! And that’s essentially what creativity is, problem-solving! It’s taking the vision that is in your mind and finding a way to bring it to reality.
See we are all creative people! God, who is infinitely creative, makes us in his image. This means we reflect his character and so in each of us, he instills creativity; and that creativity is not always in the form of classic art. Someone who takes an old beaten up car and restores it is creative. Someone who has three children that are all picky eaters and finds a way to get them all to eat their vegetables is creative. Our creativity is our ability to problem solve!
We read of how God is creative in Chapter 35. God wants to create a tabernacle so that he has a place to meet with his people, but he also seeks to involve those people in the process of creation. See God’s heart is also to collaborate with us! He wants to bring us into the process. He wants us to bring our creativity to help accomplish the vision that he has for each of us and his house.
Verse 25-26 says, “All the skilled and creative women who were able to spin made the blue, purple, and scarlet thread. All the women who were willing came forward to use their skills in spinning the goat hair.” (VOICE) These women are talented and creative, and they use their creativity to build the house of God.
Later in verses 30 – 33 we read about Bezalel, “Look, the Eternal One has called Bezalel (the son of Uri, son of Hur the Judahite) by name. He has filled him with God’s Spirit, gifted him with wisdom, understanding, knowledge, and skills with a variety of crafts. He is an expert designer and works well with gold, silver, and bronze. He is able to cut and set gems, work with wood, and skillfully perform any work needed to help construct the congregation tent and its furnishings.” (VOICE)
God calls Bezalel, a creative and artistic person, to contribute his skills and abilities to help build God’s house, his dwelling place with humanity! Bezalel is willing and ready to do anything “needed to help construct the congregation tent and its furnishings.” He wants to build into the vision that God has given to the people of Israel!
God calls you by name and wants you to be part of accomplishing his vision. So how can you take your creativity and contribute to the building of God’s house? How can you take what God has placed in your hand and use it to bring to reality the vision that God has placed in your heart and the heart of your church family?