Life for the Hebrew people started off well in Egypt. They had the best land in the region and were able to take care of their flocks. Things changed when a new Pharaoh came to the throne. The Hebrew people became slaves. Slavery was their way of life for over four centuries. What did they do with their gifts and talents seeing that they were not free men and women?
It is interesting to note that while they were in Egypt, they spent their time building. In the wilderness God told them to build Him a tabernacle. He gave them the design, and indicated the materials they were to use. However, it was different this time. Those building were not forced to do so.
This was a huge project. How did God identify who was to work on what? Well, for starters, He put the desire to work in their hearts. These were people who were passionate about this project. They wanted to do this out of their own free will. God also selected the man who was to be in charge of the work. This was Bezaleel, the son of Uri, from the tribe of Judah. God also gave him wisdom, understanding, and knowledge to create everything that was needed in the tabernacle, that is, the ability to create all sorts of beautiful things from different materials such as gold, silver, brass, wood, and cloth! He also put in him and in another man called Aholiab, a desire to teach what they knew to other people who were interested in learning.
We are born fully equipped. Everyone has something that they do exceptionally well. Discovering that something and how to use it is what many of us struggle with. Fortunately, God does the same for us as He did for Bezaleel. Bezaleel did not ask to be a talented craftsman. God gave him that gift as well as the desire to work and teach. Psalm 37:4 is a popular verse “Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give you the desires of thine heart”.
How do we delight ourselves in the LORD? Romans 12: 1-2 has the answer “I beseech you therefore, brethren by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable and perfect will of God”. In short, get to know the LORD through His word and as you do so, God will put in your heart His desire, His will, for you.