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I have to admit that I often feel heavily weighted with the responsibility of my role as a parent. God has entrusted me with the enormous task of leading my children to Him. He created them and then placed them in my care to train them up in the way that they should go (Proverbs 22:6) though, honestly, some days I’m not even certain of the way I should go, let alone them.

I also know that the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour (1 Peter 5:8). My kids are easy prey, especially since the enemy is usually a whole lot friendlier and more appealing than a roaring lion. How in the world am I supposed to fulfill my responsibility to God and to my children?

As I have been reading my way through the book of Exodus, I stumbled upon some real encouragement this week. God miraculously brought His people out of slavery in Egypt. He faithfully provided them food and water and gave them His law at Mt. Sinai.

Precisely Constructed

After that, God spent 40 days with Moses on the mountain, spelling out in minute detail the instructions for the building of His sanctuary—the portable tabernacle that moved about the wilderness with the Israelites. Each feature of the sanctuary and each article of furniture were to be carefully and precisely constructed according to God’s specifications. His dwelling place was to be holy, sanctified, and rich with symbols to teach the people the plan of salvation (Exodus 25-30).

Now, who in the world would be capable of building of God’s dwelling place on earth? While God was not going to miraculously erect the tabernacle for them, He didn’t leave them hanging or guessing either. Exodus 31:1-6 tells us that God specifically called out Bezalel for the job and “filled him with the Spirit of God, in wisdom, in understanding, in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship.” Likewise, God also called Aholiab to help, along with other gifted artisans, and He “put wisdom in their hearts.”

God has called me to raise two of His precious children. This is a high calling for which I do not necessarily feel prepared. But, if God could equip Bezalel and the other artisans for the task of building His house, then I know He can also equip me for the task of raising Godly children in a sinful world. In faith, I claim God’s wisdom, understanding, knowledge, and above all His Spirit in my heart.

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