This week in the Bible, Highlights: God and Creative Work

“Trust in the Lord and do good. Then you will live safely in the land and prosper. Take delight in the Lord and He will give you your heart’s desires. Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust Him, and He will help you. He will make your innocence radiate like the dawn, and the justice of your cause will shine like the noonday sun.”

The Lord gave me the promise of Psalm 37:4 when I expanded my creative business in 2008. Scared to death to be out on my own, He gave me the courage to take the leap of faith. He has been faithful to help and give me the desires of my heart, even desires I didn’t know I had, like sharing the God’s word with moms and children through my creativity and opening the doors for me to teach.

What will we do when we get all that we ask for? Praise Him!

Day 1, 2/12
Today we see Moses radiate God’s glory by being in His presence. Do we reflect the goodness of God to our community after spending time with Him? What a wonderful thought!

We see God’s command to rest, for our own good. We must take time to unplug each week so we don’t burn out. God knows what’s best for the people He created and productivity isn’t a requirement every day.

We also saw the mob mentality play a role into the crucifixion of Jesus. Google the word Barabas and think how this same scene could play out in our modern day as truth is considered relative.

Day 2, 2/13
Today we see how God placed people in the nation of Israel to specifically use their talents to build the tabernacle. You’ll read about all kinds of skilled workers placed there for that specific time in history.

This is one of my favorite passages in Exodus because it reveals God as Master Designer and the Giver of Artistic ability.

The vision He gives to the variety of skilled workers and the way He placed them there specifically to execute the design makes my artist heart come alive!

What did He put me here in this time to create for Him?

May today’s creatives use their gifts to further the Kingdom of God.

In the New Testament today we see Jesus hanging on a cross from a tree He created, put to death by a people He created and came to save. That put things in perspective for me. I can’t even put into words how Jesus demonstrated His love for us through His death on the cross and the manner in which He didn’t fight back. The thought of the Creator of the World laying down His life so that I could live is too overwhelming to comprehend.

Adrian Rogers signed his books with this verse and I think it’s a wonderful response for what we read in Matthew’s gospel today.

“I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.” Psalm 34:1

Day 3/ Feb 14
Today we see Jesus ALIVE and risen from the dead giving His followers the Great Commission which is still a command for us today.

“Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20

“The righteous person faces many troubles, but the Lord comes to the rescue each time.” Psalm 34:19

Day 4/Feb 15
Today we see the skills and details needed to build the tabernacle. God loves creatives and uses them in Kingdom work. The craftsmen did everything as God had instructed Moses.

We also see that cloud that is referenced in many areas of the Bible, but here the cloud covered the Tabernacle to show the glory of the Lord had filled that place. Whenever the cloud lifted the people of Israel would set out on their journey. During the day it hovered and at night fire glowed inside the cloud. This will happen again during the Millenial reign of Christ in Jerusalem when He returns after the 7 year tribulation. Isaiah 4:2-6:

“In that day the Branch of the Lord [Jesus] will be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the land will be the pride and glory of the survivors in IsraelThose who are left in Zion, who remain in Jerusalem, will be called holy, all who are recorded among the living in Jerusalem. The Lord will wash away the filth of the women of Zion; he will cleanse the bloodstains from Jerusalem by a spirit of judgment and a spirit of fire. Then the Lord will create over all of Mount Zion and over those who assemble there a cloud of smoke by day and a glow of flaming fire by night; over everything the glory will be a canopy.  It will be a shelter and shade from the heat of the day, and a refuge and hiding place from the storm and rain.”

We also started a new book of the Bible that tells the same story of Jesus but from a new perspective. The book of Mark, Luke, and John is an encouragement for writers. It may have been written or said before, but your words may be the first to get through to someone.

Day 5/Feb 16
Today Jesus showed us his authority over both spiritual and physical realms by forgiving sins and healing the crippled on the Sabbath.

Day 6/ Feb 17
We see Jesus continually referring to scripture to get to the heart of the matter.

Day 7/ Feb 18
“Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust Him, and He will help you.”
Psalm 37:5
Whatever God has called you to, He has prepared you for. Dedicate your work, your motherhood, and your dreams to Him and He will help succeed.