I am God's Workmanship

Skilled to do His Work

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“He has filled them with skill to do all manner of work of the engraver and the designer and the tapestry maker, in blue, purple, and scarlet [thread], and fine linen, and of the weaver–those who do every work and those who design artistic works.” Exodus 35:35, NKJV

Thinking about God’s workmanship, my mind went back to a Beth Moore study I’d gone through several years ago. A study in wisdom, she taught mostly from the Proverbs, but I distinctly recall going to this passage during her teaching—because what she pointed out stuck.

Earlier, in chapter 31, God had shown Moses a man who He had “filled with the Spirit of God, in wisdom, in understanding, in knowledge, and in all [manner of] workmanship . . .” Workmanship, as in artisan skills. God continued to tell Moses that He’d equipped others with skills to do the work He’d appointed to the people of Israel—they were master-craftsman, skilled to create the tabernacle God was instructing Moses to build.

Beth Moore proposed this question: How did that happen? Recall that these people had been enslaved, and now were wandering the desert, following a cloud. Wow. God had given them skills beyond their natural capacity to do the work He’d appointed. That’s amazing.

You know what I love even more, though? The skills weren’t reserved for the teachers–for the pastors, missionaries, the theologians and biblical scholars. These craftsman brought glory to God with the work of their creative gifts—their artistry. I find my heart burgeoning at that, because I’m not Paul, the great missionary. I’m not Luther, the theologian who changed the world. I’m not gifted as a speaker, and I’m not (as much as I wish I could be) Mrs. Beth Moore.

But I can write. I can tell a story, and weave a plot—not because I’m so extraordinary all by myself. God lovingly endowed me with that gift, that artistry. And I can use it to point to His glory. It is the skill He has granted to me to do His work.

What is yours?

2 thoughts on “Skilled to do His Work”

  1. Jen, this is a beautiful passage of Scripture. I love the movement of the Holy Spirit in the Old Testament. And just because God had endowed the artists with skill doesn’t mean they didn’t have to work hard and sweat, or that they didn’t improve and get better the more they worked. Sometimes it’s so hard to use my artistry skills–with piano or writing.


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