The Willing Heart

The time had come to build the tabernacle. The people were in a barren wilderness. Where would they be able to get the necessary materials? Moses passed to the people the word of the Lord: "Take from among you an offering to the LORD. Whoever is of a willing heart, let him bring it as an offering to the LORD."

(Exodus 35:5). The Lord listed all that would be needed for the tabernacle- gold, silver, bronze, and many other materials. It turned out that the children of Israel had in their possession all of the needed materials. Those of the willing heart, heart the stirred heart, heart gave (Exodus 3:22, 26) not only of their materials, but also of their time and skills. "So they continued bringing to him freewill offerings every morning" (Exodus 36:3).

The craftsmen spoke to Moses, "The people bring much more than enough for the service of the work which the LORD commanded us to do" (Exodus 36:5).

"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).

The willing heart makes the difference between success and failure.