And the people were restrained from bringing, for the material they had was sufficient for all the work to be done—indeed too much. (Exodus 36:6-7)
Let us consider something: have you ever been in a church service where the minister had to instruct the people to stop bring their offerings? Have you ever been part of anything that was completely funded before construction began? I’m not saying it doesn’t happen but, let’s face it, that situation is rare. Yet, the pattern demonstrated to us in the Scripture teaches that when God commissions something, He makes sure that the resources are there.
These statements should not be misinterpreted as being disparaging toward those churches and ministries that appeal for financial support — it takes money to share the Good News with the world. It is, however, intended to show that God doesn’t ask His people to do something without providing the tools and resources they need to do it. I’ve heard it said that “If it’s His Will, then it’s His bill.” I do believe there is some truth to this; He will provide what we need when we need it to fulfill the mission given us.
In light of this, I think it is also important to mention the honesty and integrity of those who were working on the Sanctuary. As the generosity of the people poured in, the craftsmen were the first to go to Moses and alert him to the fact that the people were giving too much. To his credit, Moses refused to accumulate more treasure; instead he told the people to stop giving. The point is, as was noted yesterday, God not only supplies what we need, but He supplies more than enough to those who can be trusted with what they have been given.
If you have been commissioned to do something for the Kingdom, whatever it may be, know that He will make sure you have what you need. Whether it is finances or talented people to help you or the favor of those in authority, He will make it happen. It is our duty, however, to give of those resources He supplies to the mission He has called us to. In other words, even though He provides the building materials, so to speak, we are still the ones who bear the responsibility to do the work. If we are consistently faithful to do this, He will see to it that we have more than enough.
Blessings and Shalom,