Archive | January 2016

IN THE SHADOW OF GOD (Guest Post)

Walking in the shadow of God

Bezalel is an unpopular name and only mentioned few times on the Bible. He didn’t divide the sea as Moses did (Exodus 14:21-22), he didn’t stop and make the sun and the moon stand still as Joshua (Joshua 10:12-14) and he didn’t bring a dead boy to life like Elijah (1 Kings 17:17-24). His name is not even written in the witnesses of faith as Bible recorded in Hebrew 11. But God used this ‘ordinary man’ to lead the entire gifted artisans who were working in order to build the tabernacle and all the furnishings inside which God has commanded Moses.

Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: “see, I have called by name Bezalel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah. (Exodus 31:1-2 NKJV)

Was Bezalel that great until God chose him?? No, because God Himself has given Bezalel all kind of skill that he needed: “And I have filled him with the Spirit of God, in wisdom, in understanding, in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship, to design artistic works, to work in gold, in silver, in bronze, in cutting jewels for setting, in carving wood, and to work in all manner of workmanship.” (Exodus 31:3-5 NKJV)

So, why did God choose Bezalel? And who is Bezalel actually?

 

THE DESCENDANT OF THE RIGHTEOUS

Bezalel is Hur’s grandson. Hur was a faithful follower of God. He was together with Aaron held Moses hand up so Israelites can win over Amelekites in Rephidim (Exodus 17:8-13). What does that mean? Hur was a considerate and obedience man to his leader. He supported his leader’s vision and he loved his people.

In addition, Hur, Bezalel’s grandfather was the man who Moses has trusted to be in charge of everything happened while Moses was on the top of mountain to meet God for 40 days and 40 nights. And he said to the elders, “Wait here for us until we come back to you. Indeed Aaron and Hur are with you. If any man has a difficulty, let him go to them.”(Exodus 24:14 NKJV)

It was not an easy issue for Moses to trust someone. Hur was not living mischievously. He was a righteous man and fear of God.

What is the relevance between Bezalel and Hur who lived righteously?

HERE IS THE GOOD NEWS:

If we are the righteous… if we have applied the value of Kingdom of Heaven in our life… it means that we are INVESTING God’s blessings and favor for our future offspring. Be joyful for our descendants will be used by God and become a blessing.

The righteous man walks in his integrity; his children are blessed after him. (Proverbs 20:7 NKJV)

Who is the man that fears the Lord? Him shall He teach in the way He chooses. He himself shall dwell in prosperity, and his descendants shall inherit the earth. (Psalm 25:12-13 NKJV)

Was Bezalel blessed by God because he was merely from a righteous ancestor? Of course not. What will happen if we are not the descendant of the righteous? No problem. God will bless and use anyone who give their life and follow Him with whole heart. Let’s start to build our family in God’s way.

 

A RIGHTEOUS LIFE

The meaning of Bezalel is “in the shadow of God”. Those who dwell in the shadow of God will be there in the place where God is. They love to stay in God’s presence and covered by God’s protection. God paid Bezalel favor not simply because he came from a righteous family, but because he lived in righteous way. Bezalel drew his life near to God. He dwell in God’s shadow. He built strong relationship with God, so he knew God.

That is the reason why Bezalel did the exact things as God has commanded him, though to set up the tabernacle and to build all the instruments were difficult because the shape and size should be precise according to God. “And Bezalel and Aholiab, and every gifted artisan in whom the Lord has put wisdom and understanding to know how to do all manner of work to the service of the sanctuary, shall do according to all that the Lord has commanded.” (Exodus 36:1 NKJV) To did all he need total obedience to God.

Only those who obey and dwell close to God can do exactly the will of God.

 

My beloved brothers and sisters in Christ, if today any of us who feel that we are “ordinary” based on the world view (Even we think about ourselves too), have nothing, and unaccounted, do not be discourage. 

Bezalel was an ordinary man but he diligently sought God, built his life in God. Be like Bezalel, let’s start to build our relationship with God every time, walking together with the Holy Spirit and abide in His Words. If we always live in “the shadow of God”, there will be a time that God will lift us up. He will give us a bigger responsibility when we ready to do it with Him. Holy Spirit will equip us with all we need to do His jobs. He will help us to explore our talents. He will add even multiply our talents so we can be used by God according to His will. On the other hand, don’t be proud of ourselves if today God has blessed and used our lives. Everything is only by His grace! All in our life is God’s work!

As how great God has anointed and used Bezalel, God will use everyone who is available. God can lift a shepherd become a king (David); God called a fisherman and used him to be a fisher of men (Peter) ; God changed a ploughman became a powerful prophet (Elijah). God also capable of turning and using a tax collector to become a follower of Christ (Zaccheus), also a man who fought against the Lord eventually became a radical apostle (Paul) and a lot more to mention.

God is willing and able to transform, use, and equip everyone without exception, including you and me. God is not looking for ABILITIES, He is looking for the AVAILABILITY.

“God choose us not because “WHO WE ARE”, but because “WHAT GOD HAS DONE” within our lives. So there is no reason for us to boast about ourselves”

For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be glory forever. Amen. (Romans 11:36 NKJV)

 

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The Anchor of Hope

ANCHOR OF HOPE - Karina's Thought

 

Hello everyone! Glad and be grateful I could come back again with my new post. On the first week of this New Year, I got a lot of questions from my friends about what is my prediction for this year, especially in the business and finance field. Some of them shows their pessimistic in carrying out this year; they assume this year will not be better than previous. They even filled with anxiety in facing this year. “I didn’t dare to put hope too much, or even I didn’t have hope at all for this year. I think could be surviving day by day is more than enough” Said one of my friend pessimistically.

My beloved friends, on my first post of this year I longs to talk about hope. In this today world that full of problems, affliction, and trials, there are many people losing hope in their life. For me, personally, this is horrible. I am not saying that I am definitely could do anything and will surely success in every field this year, but if until know I could work well it just because I have hope. I always put my hope on everything I do. I hope could get a better achievement in working. I also have a hope to be a better mother of my son; I hope could be a better wife for my husband. And also I hope could be a better daughter to my parents that has been entrust me to manage everything they build before. The point is because of hope I am able to keep moving. I found many people because they lose of hope, their lives like a programmable robot which is doesn’t have a soul; there is no longing in their heart to get a better future, and they don’t have dreams, goals, and vision to be achieved. They become people who are lazy to pursue a better future.

What the God’s word says about this thing?  Paul, on his letter to the Corinthians was conveying clearly an important thing about hope. At that time he cited a script from the Law of Moses in Deuteronomy 25: 4. He said: For it is written in the Law of Moses, “You shall not muzzle an ox while it treads out the grain.” Is it oxen God is concerned about?  Or does He say it altogether for our sakes? For our sakes, no doubt, this is written, that he who plows should plow in hope, and he who threshes in hope should be partaker of his hope. (1 Corinthians 9:9-10)

What does the meaning of the verses above? Let’s ponder together. Let us focus on the word: “That who plows should plow in hope, and he who threshes in hope should be partaker of his hope” After I deeply reflect on these words, I conclude one important thing. We have to do everything in hope! Whatever we working on, we have to always put hope on it. This is an important message that will be able to make us continue to have dreams, goals and, vision in our lives, not just survive from day after day without any hope at all in our hearts. Don’t expect we have fire of spirit without hope. Without hope we wouldn’t be able to be diligent and get the best results. Hope will be able to help us be faithful and committed both where we work, in our profession or everything we strive in this world.

Now the question is, when we already have a hope, where we have to put our hope? I also found many people today even though they have hope but they put their hope at the wrong place. They put hope on human’s strength, power, wealth, and other worldly things. It will definitely doesn’t work and will be in vain. As good as any humans still have weaknesses. No matter how powerful someone is, there is always someone more powerful. No matter how rich someone is, there is still someone richer. So where is the right place to put our hope? Well, has been clearly written in the Bible where we have to put our hope. Let’s take a look to the Holy Bible.

I pray that God, the source of hope… (Romans 15:13)

This letter is from Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus, appointed by the command of God our Savior and Christ Jesus, who gives us hope. (1Timothy 1:1)

These verses vividly show us where we should to put our hope in this life. There is only one in this world that can be our hope; He is God in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. God is source of hope and through Jesus Christ He gives us hope. Therefore, let’s remember don’t put our hope to others, let us put our hope in the Lord Jesus Christ who already sitting at the right hand of the throne of God the Father in Heaven. Hoping in Jesus is like sure and steadfast anchor,

This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil. (Hebrews 6:19)

Oh, what a wonderful fact! We have hope as sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, an anchor that can’t slip and can’t break down under whoever steps on it. The powerful and safe anchor that we have is named the anchor of hope!  If I likens our life is like a ship, we have Christ Jesus the solid rock that can be a strong and safe mooring for the anchor to hold and the ship of our life will remain strong and will be not tottering aimlessly.

My beloved readers, what about us now? Whether we are included to those who are seeing this New Year with pessimistic like some of my friends and we look this year as a dark and gloomy year? This evening allow me to encourage all of us to enlighten our view, mind and lives with the light of hope. If we feel everything we do will be in vain, let us immediately put hope above all that we do and put it on the right place. Immediately direct our view and mind to Jesus who gives us hope and as a Highest Priest. Hold fast our hope without wavering as written in the bible,

Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. (Hebrews 10:23)

I am fully realized that our lives ahead will not be easy or will be even more difficult than before. There are always problems; trials, challenge, uncertain situation, and we might feel insecure with our future, once again please allow me to encourage all of us to remember these:

And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope.  Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us. (Romans 5:3-5)

You will be secure, because there is hope;
you will look about you and take your rest in safety. (Job 11:18)

We have to totally trust that once we put our hope on God, then we will not disappointed because hope doesn’t disappoint and we will secure because there is hope. If so far we feel what we are doing seems confiscate our lives in vain, immediately pray and ask to God to shows where the point of the problem. Allow God to speak and tell us His plan while continuing to nurture our hope in obedience. Although we see this year will fraught with difficulty and seemed to close all possibilities to hope, let’s keep tightly hold hope in Christ and keep rejoicing in hope, for the Bible has been clearly states that,

 Dear my friends, in undergoing this new year, Let’s keep walking in faith and hope, always put our hope on Jesus Christ the source of hope and who gives us hope, anchored our anchor of hope to Jesus the solid rock while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ. (Titus 2:13) Amen

Karina –Living by faith

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