“I have called by name Bezalel,.. of the tribe of Judah, and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with ability and intelligence, with knowledge and all craftsmanship, to devise artistic designs, to work in gold, silver, and bronze, in cutting stones for setting, and in carving wood, to work in every craft. And I have appointed with him Oholiab,.. of the tribe of Dan. I have given to all able men ability, that they may make all that I have commanded you: the tent of meeting, and the ark of the testimony, and the mercy seat that is on it, and all the furnishings of the tent, the table and its utensils, and the pure lampstand with all its utensils, and the altar of incense, and the altar of burnt offering with all its utensils, and the basin and its stand, and the finely worked garments, the holy garments for Aaron and his sons, for their service as priests, and the anointing oil and the fragrant incense for the Holy Place. According to all that I have commanded you, they shall do.
“Speak to the people of Israel and say, ‘Above all you shall keep my Sabbaths, for this is a sign between me and you throughout your generations, that you may know that I, the Lord, sanctify you. You shall keep the Sabbath, because it is holy for you. Everyone who profanes it shall be put to death. Whoever does any work on it, that soul shall be cut off from among his people. Six days shall work be done, but the seventh day is a Sabbath of solemn rest, holy to the Lord. Whoever does any work on the Sabbath day shall be put to death.'” Exodus 31:2-11,13-15
The construction of God’s tabernacle was a lofty feat, and He supplied every resource to complete it. Calling specific individuals He’d filled with His Spirit and particularly gifted, He ordered every detail, matching instruction with skill. He even set out the schedule of work to mirror that of His in creation, with the intent that this great work not be the end itself, but a vital piece of the sanctification of His beloveds.
The Lord is all about sanctification of His people. That ongoing process of personal will cooperating with His Holy Spirit continues through life, ever conforming us to His image as we apply ourselves to His rhythms in our time. Industry and rest, day and night, week by week, glad obedience befits the honor of our King. Exercising our Spirit-fueled gifts in dedicated work is vital, and so is rest, according to His plan. He uses it to refresh and remind: we are mere instruments in His hand, useful only as He prescribes, not indispensable masters of our own universe. We must yield to His strategies. (2 Corinthians 3:18 ; 1 John 3:2)
When we get imbalanced and lose our way from sabbath rest, we tend to self-importance alongside burnout. This is neither a happy nor healthy combination- for us, or those with whom we live and work. Taking necessary time off from tasks to remember the Lord with awe, gratitude, renewed dependence, and refilling, elevates our spirit and reorders any affection or bent gone awry.
Where does my life need more balance to promote right worship and remind me Who is in charge? What will I do about it?
Father, sanctify me by bringing every impulse, task, and love under Your sovereignty.