What Does God Say About … ?


What Does God Say About Art?

God gave Moses a detailed list of how to build the tabernacle and what items must go inside. After Moses passed along the instructions to the Israelites, they served God by giving whatever they had — metals, jewelry, fabric, lamp oil — to help make the tabernacle. 

But building the tabernacle would require more than just stuff — it would also take artistic skills. So God gave wisdom and skills to a man named Bezalel “to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver and bronze, to cut and set stones, to work in wood and to engage in all kinds of artistic crafts” (Exodus 35:32-33). God called on another skilled man, Oholiab, to help and to teach others how to embroider, design and weave. 

Exodus 35 describes how God’s people began building the tabernacle — a massive tent and courtyard where the Israelites could gather to worship the Lord.

This is good news for kids who don’t have a lot of money or possessions. They can serve God with their skills and talents.

  • What are some ways you can use your talents or skills to make God happy?
  • Did you know that you are God’s artwork? Memorize Isaiah 64:8: “Yet you, LORD, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.”


Dear Jesus,

Thank You for the creativity You give people like me. Please help me to use my gifts to serve others in Your name and please give other children the tools they need to be creative.

In Your Name, Amen.

Compassion Explorer is a kids’ magazine from Compassion International that helps children develop Christ-like compassion for the poor.