Now may the God of peace, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Hebrews 13:20-21
Have you ever been in a situation you feel ill-equipped for? Probably most of us have faced situations which we have struggled to cope with. Or maybe you’re in one right now, and you’re wondering what to do. Maybe you think you don’t have the right tools to deal with what you’re facing.
But if God has put us in that situation, He will help us. If we aim to do His will, He promises to equip us even when we feel out of our depth.
The Bible has some wonderful examples of how God provides, including in the Old Testament.
Have you ever wondered what sort of people left Egypt with Moses during the Exodus? It seems likely they weren’t skilled beyond knowing how to make bricks, or latterly collect straw to make bricks too! They had been slaves for over 400 years.
But God had clear plans for an artistically beautifully crafted Ark of the Covenant, as well as precise instructions for the Tabernacle. You can read the details in Exodus, and it soon becomes clear that very few people would have the skill set to craft such a magnificent artefact, let alone an enslaved people. But God had everything in hand.
Exodus 31:2-6 See I have chosen Bezalel and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, with understanding, with knowledge and with all kinds of skills – 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 crafts. Moreover, I have appointed Oholiab to help him. Also I have given ability to all the skilled workers to make everything I have commanded you.
God wonderfully equipped all those he had selected, and they faithfully obeyed and carried out the work just has God had commanded.
Exodus 39:42-43 The Israelites had done all the work just as the LORD had commanded Moses. Moses inspected the work and saw that they had done it just as the LORD had commanded. So Moses blessed them.
But then, you might ask, where is a nation of freed slaves going to get all the materials, gold, silver and precious stones amongst them, to make the Ark and the Tabernacle? Again God wonderfully provides for their material needs.
Exodus 12:35-36 The Israelites did as Moses instructed and asked the Egyptians for articles of silver and gold and for clothing. The LORD had made the Egyptians favourably disposed towards the people, and they gave them what they asked for; so they plundered the Egyptians.
God may not suddenly give you new skills or shower you with gold and silver, but He has promised to equip you for whatever situation He places you in! So when you feel ill-equipped or overwhelmed by the task you face, remember Bezalel and Oholiab, and remember we serve the same God, Jehovah-Jireh, our provider.