1 Then the LORD said to Moses, 2 “See, I have chosen Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, 3 and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with skill, ability and knowledge in all kinds of crafts- 4 to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver and bronze, 5 to cut and set stones, to work in wood, and to engage in all kinds of craftsmanship. Exodus 31:1-5
If you’re an artist, designer, or craftsman, you’ll really benefit from this passage. Notice how when God chose a person to craft His tabernacle–a beautifully ornamented masterpiece designed by the Supreme Creative Director–the first gift He gave the person was “the Spirit of God.” Only then, were added the skill gifts: ability and knowledge in crafts. God’s artists must have His Spirit or all one’s abilities will be lifeless. Lord, fill me with your Spirit before I begin any project for you. Then, You design it, and I will craft it.
A coda to this story…first, God’s Spirit fills the artist (Exodus 31:3), then God’s Spirit fills the art (Exodus 40:34-38). God filled His tabernacle with His glory. Lord, fill me as I create. Then fill what I create for Your glory.