A Builder’s Foundation

     Can you imagine being trained all your life on how to lead nations in strength and battle and ultimately be slated to be the most powerful king on the earth during your lifetime only to have your life change within days and take you on a journey that would transform you and the world forever?   We can have power for the moment and accomplish great things for God and mankind. Many have and many do every day.  But I want to share with you some simple lessons that will transform who you are and how you live your life from this day forward towards victory.

     Can you imagine being such a powerful king, served by thousands, feared by millions, having the world at your fingertips only to be suddenly cast into the desert to learn the greatest lessons of your life?  Sounds great doesn’t it!  I know, not really because change never takes place the way we hope and rarely produces the precious results without a painful process to endure. 

     Moses in his building the Tabernacle is the focus for today.  The complete story of Moses, being groomed and raised in the house of the Egyptian Pharaoh starts out at the beginning of Exodus.  For the purposes of this article you would be served well by reading Exodus 35-38.  An incredible transformation of a man has taken place between chapters 1 and 34 but it has come time in the story for God to give Moses the details for building the Tabernacle in which the people of Israel would learn the deep things of worshiping God.  Care was to be taken, materials were to be gathered, and abilities were to be mastered by ready hands for what the Lord had set out the people to do.

Exodus 36:1-2 has a key segment,

“Now Bezalel and Oholiab, and every skillful person in whom the Lord has put skill and understanding to know how to perform all the work in the construction of the sanctuary, shall perform in accordance with all that the Lord has commanded.”

Then Moses called Bezalel and Oholiab and every skillful person in whom the Lord had put skill, everyone whose heart stirred him, to come to the work to perform it.’

 

     Moses had a great and significant task to accomplish.  The Tabernacle he was tasked to create was a replica of the one seated in Heaven itself, in the very realm that God sits on His throne.  It was to be created in line with specifications given to Moses by the Lord Himself.  What a noble and unique calling Moses had.  What a place that pride could dance and have sway.  But Moses had been prepared for this moment.  He had been shaped, molded, equipped for such as task and for such a time as this. 

 

Trust the Head

     Because God is overseeing the work, the builder can rest assured and have peace of mind knowing that it will all work out the way God wants it to be worked out.  Details are revealed to us so that we can engage in the building, not so we can govern its progress and shape or define the outcome apart from God.  As we see from Ex.35:1, God gives the skill and understanding so that it fulfills His design.

‘…every skillful person in whom the Lord has put skill and understanding to know how to perform all the work in the construction of the sanctuary, shall perform in accordance with all that the Lord has commanded.’

 

Trust the Hand

     Moses knew that since He could have faith in God, He could have faith in those that God touched to make the Tabernacle come together.  The pastor, church leader, responsible party, or ‘builder’ can trust and rely that God will complete the tasks He has ordained in the pace that He deems appropriate.  Having confidence in your craftsmen (men and women, young and all) will clearly reflect your faith in the Crafter.

‘for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.’   (Phil. 2:13 NKJV)

 

Trust the Heart

     Ever since Adam and Eve’s time in the Garden of Eden, God has released the Freedom to Choose.  As He set Two Trees in the Garden, He has always let man choose to obey and follow or rebel and leave.  True freedom comes with a right to choose between good or evil, right or wrong, do or don’t do.

     In Exodus 36:2 we see a pace setting element of God’s impartation of gifts and abilities.  A specific group of people were drawn to the work of God. Those in whom the Lord had put skill and everyone who's heart stirred him.

Then Moses called Bezalel and Oholiab and every skillful person in whom the Lord had put skill, everyone whose heart stirred him, to come to the work to perform it.’

 

     God moves the hearts of people.  The wise builder, all Christians who are tasked with a purpose, will allow God to move the people and not drive them like tools for their own success.  Moses learned this lesson in the wilderness as he was stripped of his training to build the power of Pharaoh and was changed into a wise master builder and a servant in the hand of God. Because Moses’ heart was changed, he knew what to look for in others.  He also loved the people more than the ‘ministry’.

     Moses trusted God to prepare the people with abilities and then to watch for the stirring of the heart.  This stirring gave Moses understanding regarding the speed or pace in which the work was to be done. If God stirred them it was time. 

     A good and wise person assumes responsibility carefully.  If God stirs the people and they do not respond, then God will respond and make necessary corrections.  The leader allows for this training, refining, and character-building process to mature just as it did in Moses.  Do not grow weary in well doing; trust God to complete what He has started in you.  He is faithful to perform it. 

 

A Closing Picture

     God gives abilities and understanding along with a stirring of the heart in the people.  A humble and faith-filled Christian will wait on the Lord’s timing.  Satan would rather you rush ahead and wear yourself or others out before you see the prize.  Pace yourself. God does. 

     As we close it is interesting to see the meaning of the names of the only two worker’s that are singled out here.  Bezalel means, ‘in God’s shade’ and Oholiab (or Aholiab) means, ‘tent of the father’.  Together they speak of working in the shade or the covering of God while making a dwelling place for our Father.  Your labor should be without sweat and for the use of family. We are to be diligent, but not apart from what He is doing.  For Moses, the people were called together to bring offerings and the materials to build, yet at a pace in line with the stirring of their heart and the ability that God provided. 

     Moses had learned what Paul would later write about.  Though these men had been given great and significant direction and glimpses into the future, humility allowed them to see that ‘one plants, another waters, but God gives the increase’.  We are all directed to listen and obey the Lord’s leading for our own lives, love God and others, all the while being engaged as God gives the increase.  Humility is the Builder's Foundation.  The greatest among you will be servant of all.  It would be wise to remember these truths else we could build in vain what may not last.

‘It is the blessing of the LORD that makes rich, And He adds no sorrow to it.’  (Proverbs 10:22 NASB)

‘If God doesn't build the house, the builders only build shacks. If God doesn't guard the city, the night watchman might as well nap.’   (Psalm 127:1 MSG)

“Cease striving and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”  (Ps. 46:10 NASB)

‘Whoever speaks, is to do so as one who is speaking the utterances of God; whoever serves is to do so as one who is serving by the strength which God supplies; so that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belongs the glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.’  (1 Pet. 4:11 NASB)

 

Our foundation is humilty