Bezalel and the God-Given Gift of Creativity

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Bezalel and the God-Given Gift of Creativity

It’s not every day that you hear the name Bezalel. Today as I viewed a video from The Bible Project I was extra intrigued by their presentation of specific people in the Old Testament who had the Spirit of God with them.

Bezalel was known as the chief artisan for the Tabernacle and Ark of the Covenant. This was no small task. However, His creativity and vision led to beautiful works of art which pointed to the Creator. His creations pointed towards the greater covenant which would be made by Jesus Himself years later. Bezalel and Jesus were both from the tribe of Judah. Bezalel’s life pointed towards Someone who was beyond himself.

Many times, we have an idea in our minds and a dream in our thoughts. We can hush the creativity or we can invite the opportunity to seek the Lord on His leading. As we prayerfully see if and how the Lord would want us to act, we can take steps towards creating new things, whether that be art, music, gardening, education, athletics, etc. The ways we move forward with our own projects can be testimonies of the ways the Lord is working in our lives today. We can be reflections of the One true Creator.

2 Corinthians 3:18 says, “And we all, who with unveiled faces reflect the Lords glory, are being transformed into His image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.”

Through the life of Bezalel, we can learn that God gifts us for His purposes, the Holy Spirit empowers us, and our creations point to the Creator. Instead of big goals and dreams being about building our own names, we can focus on representing the name of Christ. When I think of the most well-known people in all of Scripture, Bezalel is not at the top of my list. However, his life was not about making his name known, his life was about taking his skills given by God, trusting the power of the Holy Spirit, and creating what the Lord asked to bring Him glory and honor.

Bezalel helped provide the structures that enabled sacrifices to be made on behalf of sin, the mercy seat for the presence of God to rest on, and he helped encourage the people of Israel to continue to follow the Lord. His life and his unique skillset mattered, just like your life and your individual talents matter today. I want to encourage each of us to ask God how we can use the talents that He has provided for us to further His kingdom and glorify His name.

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Emma DanzeyEmma Danzey’s mission in life stems from Ephesians 3:20-21, inspiring young women to embrace the extraordinary. One of her greatest joys is to journey with the Lord in His Scriptures. She is wife to Drew for over two years and mom to baby Graham. Drew and Emma serve with Upstate CRU college ministry in South Carolina. Emma is an avid writer for Salem Web Network and provides articles on the Bible, life questions, and on the Christian lifestyle. Her article on Interracial Marriage was the number 1 viewed article on Crosswalk for the year 2021. All the glory to the Lord! She had the joy of hosting Her Many Hats podcast where she explored the many roles that women play while serving One God. Most recently, Emma has released her first Bible Study Book, Wildflower: Blooming Through Singleness.

Emma enjoys singing/songwriting, fitness classes, trying new recipes, home makeover shows, and drinking tea! During her ministry career, Emma recorded two worship EP albums, founded and led Polished Conference Ministries, ran the Refined Magazine, and served in music education for early childhood. Emma also had the privilege of having been a national spokesperson for Mukti Mission based out of India. Mukti has been working to restore shattered lives in India for over 120 years. You can view her articles through her blog at and check out her Bible Study videos on Instagram @Emmadanzey.