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Exodus 36:1 “The Lord has gifted Bezalel, Ohaliab, and the other skilled craftsmen with wisdom and ability to perform any task involved in building the sanctuary.” Some years back Elaine and I attended an event where celebrity chef Ryan Clift cooked for a small group of us live and a larger televised audience. One of us asked about the Japanese tattoos that lined his arms as he rolled up his sleeves. “I’ve always been really inspired by my trips to Japan. From Michelin starred restaurants to common home cooking, everyone just takes such great care in their ingredients, and brings such precision to even the simplest task like cutting their vegetables. These tattoos serve as a reminder for me to bring that same care to everything I do.” This morning I felt led to the passage in Exodus that describes Bezalel’s work in crafting the sanctuary. With a lampstand that alone had 75 pounds of pure gold ($2.2M USD in today’s money), the value attributed signified the value that the Israelites placed on the resting place of God himself. But more than the bling, today I felt God leading me to this sense of precision that Bezalel and his team must have brought to the task, which probably made Japanese cooking look like child’s play. God’s been asking me to bring more precision and care in the small things. I felt him ask me to place my weights instead of dropping them when I’m done lifting for example, and I replied “umm isn’t this kind of a small issue for a God as big as you to be worried about?” He replied with “he who is faithful with little, can be trusted with much.” Lord thanks for guiding me each day. I know you’ve gifted me as you did Bezalel with wisdom and ability to craft your sanctuary. I can’t do any of this on my own strength, but I submit it all to you and know that you have a plan and a future for me. Thank you for that. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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