The great heroes from the Bible – Moses, Abraham, Jacob (Israel), David, Gideon, Elijah, and more than space and time allows to mention – how they inspire us to want to do great things for God. What great faith they had, and how we need faith like that now to inspire and show us how to live for God.
We should aspire to be like the heroes from the bible in every way; well, except like Moses when he asked God to send someone else to save the Israelites because he was “slow of speech and tongue” (Exodus 4:10). Oh, and maybe we shouldn’t commit adultery and have someone murdered to cover it up like David. And we probably shouldn’t try to “help” God along with His promises because He’s taking too long, and we can’t figure out how He is going to fulfill them anyway, like Abraham. And…well, you get the picture.
Are you flawed? Every “hero of the faith” or heroes from the Bible were flawed, because all humans are flawed. The hero is God; the humans are simply blessed. The wonder is that all you need is God, and all He needs is your availability. If you want to emulate someone, emulate Isaiah, who said, “Here I am, Lord, send me” (Isaiah 6:8), right after he came to the realization that he was “a man of unclean lips, and [he lived] among a people of unclean lips” (Isaiah 6:5).
Isaiah is the poster boy for a godly attitude and one of the heroes from the Bible – recognize your short comings, realize you can do nothing apart from God, ask Him to cleanse you (take the coal; cleanse my lips), and to make you fit to serve Him. James said, “Even when you ask, you don’t get it because your motives are all wrong–you want only what will give you pleasure” (James 4:3). Isaiah asked to be cleansed and used for God’s purposes. He recognized his short-comings, but he didn’t ask God to send someone else.
God is calling all of us to good works. “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” (Ephesians 2:10). God has something for you to do, but will you do it? You don’t have to be talented; God will give you anything you need to carry out His assignment for you as other heroes from the Bible.
The Lord gave Moses incredibly detailed instructions for the Tabernacle, that it be beautifully crafted with specific materials and colors, and bejeweled in a dazzling array of precious stones. And then:
Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying: “See, I have called by name Bezalel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah. And I have filled him with the Spirit of God, in wisdom, in understanding, in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship, to design artistic works, to work in gold, in silver, in bronze, in cutting jewels for setting, in carving wood, and to work in all manner of workmanship. And I, indeed I, have appointed with him Aholiab the son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan; and I have put wisdom in the hearts of all who are gifted artisans, that they may make all that I have commanded you:” Exodus 31:1-6
God gave the call, the details, and then the wisdom and knowledge needed to complete His instructions. The text does not tell whether Bezalel and Aholiab were already skilled (did God gift them in advance?) or if the skills were gifted at the proper time (did God bestow this upon them at the proper time?), and in actuality, it matters not. Where our God guides, our God will provide.
Here I am, Lord, send me. Amen.
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