Bezalel Got Skill

The process of creating, expressing, and courageously hoping and sharing with the world, isn’t that what art is?

It comes in forms such  as painting, poetry, movies, theatre, dance, but also many others. It touches our hearts, minds, and souls.

It makes us question. It causes us to move. It brings us to see beauty in places we wouldn’t have otherwise.

I love to consider God as the Creator, dreaming up and forming all that we see that is beautiful and daily creating masterpieces small and great.

One of my favorite spots in the Bible is Exodus for so many reasons, but here is one of them:

Then the Lord said to Moses,  “See, I have chosen Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, 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 son of Ahisamak, of the tribe of Dan, to help him. Also I have given ability to all the skilled workers to make everything I have commanded you” (Exodus 31:1-6 NIV)

It’s like the first artistic commissioning. The Spirit of God gave those artists the wisdom, understanding, knowledge, and skills they needed to create what He desired for the Tabernacle.

When I read this I hear God saying there is room for artistic skill in the place of worship and that artists are needed to use those skills in glorifying Him!

“To send light into the darkness of men’s hearts – such is the duty of the artist.”  Schumann

Sometimes the arts seem like a less than job or calling. That whole starving artist persona doesn’t exactly scream, “What I do matters and is appreciated.” But the arts can be powerful, and work formed by someone gifted by God and with a desire to use their skills for Him can change perspectives and lives and culture.

When I think of my Ukrainian friends, one of the characteristics that always stands out is how creatively minded and skilled they are. It is something I deeply appreciate about the culture and I believe God wants to use that creativity to show Ukrainians and the world His love.

Creating, expressing, and courageously hoping and sharing God’s love with the world

The arts is not a less than job or calling. The arts are powerful and godly artists are needed to speak for those who have no voice, to paint the possibilities for those who feel hopeless, to dance the chains off the enslaved, and remind us all that God cannot be contained in boxes.