Look, I have specifically chosen Bezalel son of Uri, grandson of Hur, of the tribe of Judah. I have filled him with the Spirit of God, giving him great wisdom, ability, and expertise in all kinds of crafts.Exodus 31:2-3 NLT When life collapses, questioning whether we’re on the right track is tempting.
Newlyweds normally enjoy the candid shots photographers capture while no one is looking. But Dan and Jackie Anderson doubtlessly weren’t expecting the one their photographer snared at their wedding in Crosslake, Minnesota. Prior to the ceremony, the entire wedding party gathered on a weather-beaten dock to pose for pictures. Suddenly, life collapsed…in the form of the dock…sending many of the participants plunging into the water. The spirits of the wedding party, however, weren’t dampened by the dive. In fact, the bride looked at the photographer with a smile and said, “Did you record that? Please tell me you got that on camera!”
Life can throw some nasty curves. When it does, we’re tempted to ask, “Am I on the right track?” Bezalel was. God chose him and another skilled craftsman to construct Israel’s tabernacle and all its implements.
Track is usually defined as the direction we take in life—which quite normally involves our careers. Several questions can help us answer the question. Does my employer require me to do things that violate God’s commands? If so, my career path may be correct, but not with my current employer. Is my career path allowing me to use the skills and natural talents God has given me? God grants natural abilities and gifts of the Spirit to his children. What I do in life should employ them. If I maintain this current track, will I be able to look back with contentment when I retire? When I use my gifts and talents, I’ll enjoy doing what I’m doing. If I’m miserable, it may be a telltale sign I need a change.
Make sure you don’t miss the track God has designed for you to travel.
Martin Wiles is an author, pastor, English teacher, and freelance editor who resides in Greenwood, South Carolina. He is the founder and editor of the internationally recognized website, Love Lines from God (www.lovelinesfromgod.com). Wiles is the Managing Editor for Christian Devotions and an Administrator/Editor for Vinewords.net. He has authored seven books. His most recent is Don’t Just Live…Really Live.He has also been published in numerous publications. He is the husband of one, the father of two, and the grandfather of six.