Have you ever felt inadequate to do something God has called you to do? Sometimes like Moses, our reaction is, "You want me to do what?" Then we begin to tell God all about our shortcomings, like He didn't know them already, and suggest that He rethink things and find someone else to do the job. How easy it is for us to forget that God not only gives us life; He designed us according to His purpose.
When it was time to build the Tabernacle and the Ark of the Covenant, God told Moses that he had specifically chosen a man named Bezalel to be in charge of making it as well as all of the furnishings. Exodus 31:3-5 tells us that God had filled Bezalel with the Spirit of God, wisdom, knowledge and the skill to work with precious metals, wood and all kinds of crafts. He was, in short, a gifted master craftsman. God then appointed Oholiab, another gifted craftsman to be Bezalel's assistant. In addition to these two men, God says He has given ability to all the other craftsmen as well so that they could accomplish what God had commanded them to do. ( Exodus 31:6)
I read this story earlier this morning and was reminded of it later today as I sat in a workshop for the wives of men who are working on receiving their ministerial credentials in May. As I looked around the room that held about 100 woman, I noted that I was probably the oldest woman in the room other than the two speakers. The first speaker asked if the women in the room who were under 30 would please raise their hands. Half of the women raised their hands.
Internally, I squirmed. What was I doing here? The only other grandmothers in the room had been serving in ministry for 40 plus years and one woman who was sitting beside me. I noted that I was the only one with gray hair. Well, maybe not but I was the only one who advertised that fact. I was like an old nag who was coming in from the pasture to attempt to run with the colts and learn new tricks I should have learned long ago.
That's when God reminded me of Bezalel. Like Bezalel, I too have been filled with the Spirit of God, the Holy Spirit and God has given me the wisdom, knowledge and skill to do the job He has appointed me to do. God doesn't care how old I am, how young I am or even how physically or mentally fit I am. He has given me what I need, when I need it so that I can fulfill any task He calls me to do. The same is true for you.