Creativity and Time
Father, I love You with all that is within me and I thank You for Your great goodness and grace.
Read Exodus 31:1-18
Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. All rights reserved throughout the world. Used by permission of International Bible Society.
“Whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things” (Phil. 4:8).
Skill in art and craft is God’s gift (3). Bezalel and Oholiab used their gifts in God’s service. Still today, artists, musicians and craftspeople use their gifts for the church, creating the means to help people to worship. Their skill is more right brain than left, but we need help to apprehend God with more than just our minds. The tabernacle artisans created things which would be made holy. Such objects are not imbued with divine spirit or supernatural power. They have been made holy, set apart to assist people to focus on spiritual things.
I recently recovered from major cancer surgery. I was given a wooden cross, beautifully carved to fit comfortably in my hand. My friend made it holy, setting it apart for a purpose: to assist me to know God’s presence. There was nothing supernatural about it. It did not contain God, but in the darkest hours when my intellect was not functioning well and my thoughts were unguarded, its comfortable solidity helped me refocus and sense again the presence of God.
Finally, a holy day, a set-apart day—but, as Jesus said, we were not created for the Sabbath; rather, the Sabbath is for our benefit (Mark 2:27). Ex-slaves needed to know that life was not only about labor. Still, today we have workaholism and other self-absorbing obsessions which deny us “rest”; that is, time and space which is holy, set apart for God. In this modern world, few people keep the literal Sabbath. Few deny themselves such things as electricity or tap water, which workers must produce. But we must all strive to keep the spirit of the Sabbath, to make holy times and spaces which we set apart for worship, fellowship and prayer—and even perhaps for rest.
Have you built into your life a regular time for refreshment and remembrance of God? If not, decide how to do so now.
Lord, the world and its pressures constantly distract me. Help me to create time and space to think of You and listen to Your voice.
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