Good morning! Can you believe Christmas Day is only 3 days away? I don't know about you but I have been super melancholic this season and my heart is filled with so much joy and peace lately. God is so faithful in all His promises and even though my family and I have faced many challenges this year, He has held us thru it all. My devotional yesterday morning touched my heart and I would like to share it with you. Here it is:
God Gives Us a Desire for Our Work
By Os Hillman
You shall call, and I will answer You; You shall desire the work of Your hands (Job 14:15 ).
Did you know that God has already pre-wired you for the work He created you to do? We all have things inside of us that excite us when we think about it. God is the source of this passion. However, our career path may require many stepping stones before we reach the work that we were ultimately created for. The psalmist says "All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be" (Ps 139:16)
When the ark of the covenant was to be designed to contain the sacred ten commandments, God prepared a man to perform the important work.
"Then the LORD said to Moses, 'See, I have chosen Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with skill, ability and knowledge in all kinds of crafts -- to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver and bronze, to cut and set stones, to work in wood, and to engage in all kinds of craftsmanship'" (Ex 31:1-6).
We do not know much about Bezalel, but you can be sure he had many jobs leading up to this most important assignment. He was also the first man mentioned in all of scripture to be "filled with the spirit of God."
When your work is empowered by the Spirit of God you will be hand-picked for some of the most important assignments. He says the skilled worker will even serve before kings (Prov. 22:9). God will see to it that your skills will be used for His ultimate purposes. This is the call of God for each of us -- to be fulfilled in our work and to use our work to fulfill His purposes on the earth. He seals the hand of every man, that all men may know His work (Job 37:7 NKJV).
Do you see why I wanted to share it with you? It happened back in 2003 when I asked the Lord to tell me His calling for my life. He told me PAPER. Every layout I make is inspired by the Lord and made with much, much love. I am always aware of His Gift and His calling for my life and I pray I never ever take it for granted. Be encouraged in whatever you do. Do it unto the Lord and if you find yourself in a place that needs to be changed, don't hesitate to ask Him. He will answer!
This is one of my favorite kits that I've made recently. It borrows a line from The Night Before Christmas. It's called The Stockings Were Hung.
Have a wonderful and blessed day!