I gave a gift to a friend. I knew it was something they wanted, but couldn’t afford. It wasn’t big or very expensive and I was glad to be able to make the contribution. I did it anonymously so there wouldn’t be any refusing, or need for payback. It made me feel good.
A short time after the gift was given the person approached me and told me how thrilled they were with what they had received. They went on to tell me how they knew who had been so gracious to them. They described all the clues and their understanding of the situations and came to the conclusion of whom had given them the gift. Their conclusion was wrong. They gave someone else the credit for what I had done.
There have been times when I have looked at someone extremely gifted, with a tremendous amount of ability and talent; but they gave no glory or credit to God. In fact, at times they even deny the existence of the one who made them with such extreme abilities. It causes me to have questions.
My friend, to whom I had given a gift, didn’t recognize me as the giver of the gift. But that didn’t change the fact that I was the one. Even though another may have received credit, I was still the giver of the gift.
The fact that someone may deny their talent and abilities as coming from God, or even just ignore the fact, does not change that it is God who gives generously. Although a great musician, a gifted mechanic, a wonderful organizer, a beautiful dancer, a supreme entertainer, etc… may not give glory to God for their talent it in no way makes God less responsible.
When Bezalel and Oholiab were chosen as master craftsmen for the building of the tabernacle in Exodus 35, I wonder how many other talented people might have been available for the job. But there must have been a reason these two were filled with the Holy Spirit. Maybe they recognized the source of their abilities.
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