Handling Mistakes


From the blue, purple and scarlet yarn they made woven garments for ministering in the sanctuary. They also made sacred garments for Aaron, as the Lord commanded Moses.

They made the ephod of gold, and of blue, purple and scarlet yarn, and of finely twisted linen. They hammered out thin sheets of gold and cut strands to be worked into the blue, purple and scarlet yarn and fine linen—the work of skilled hands.

They fashioned the breastpiece—the work of a skilled craftsman. They made it like the ephod: of gold, and of blue, purple and scarlet yarn, and of finely twisted linen. It was square—a span long and a span wide—and folded double.

21 They tied the rings of the breastpiece to the rings of the ephod with blue cord, connecting it to the waistband so that the breastpiece would not swing out from the ephod—as the Lord commanded Moses.

30 They made the plate, the sacred emblem, out of pure gold and engraved on it, like an inscription on a seal: holy to the Lord. 31 Then they fastened a blue cord to it to attach it to the turban, as the Lord commanded Moses.

Exodus 39:1-3, 8-9, 21, 30-31 (New International Version)

Sticking to the Plan

Now that the tabernacle was finished, Bezalel and his fellow workers proceeded to work on the uniforms of the priests.  Throughout Exodus 39, as the craftsmen put the together the priestly garments, it is repeatedly mentioned in the text that the craftsmen made the everything according to the pattern which the Lord  gave to Moses.  Just as they did with the tabernacle, the workers did not deviate from the divine design, but followed it step by step.

Mistakes Happen

Nevertheless, one has to wonder, during the work, if from time to time these craftsmen made mistakes during the making of the the priestly clothing and the tabernacle.  All of us strive to be perfect in the callings that we do.  However, no matter how hard we try and how meticulous we are in paying attention to every single detail, mistakes are bound to happen.  Mistakes happen either because we get tired, impatient, or frustrated as we do our ministry.  How should we handle mistakes in ministry?

How to Handle Mistakes

Whether we like to admit it or not, we all make mistakes.  When they happen, we have two choices in how to deal with them.  We can make excuses for our error and complain that the ministry is too hard and give up; or we can accept the snag for what it is, learn from it, and try again.

I have no doubt in my mind, Bezelal and his colleagues made numerous errors when they worked on the tabernacle and the priests’ uniforms.  Nevertheless, it is clear in this chapter that they did not let these glitches stop them from completing the work which God had given them.  From their example, we learn the importance of persistence and patience when it comes to ministry.

Persisting in the Plan

In following God’s mission, we must view it like a marathon and not a hundred meter dash.  Things will not happen right away, but gradually we will see progress as we serve in ministry.  Therefore, when we do the work, we must take our time and give it our undivided attention, noting every detail.  When mistakes happen, we must not lose heart.  The Lord is faithful and He will not allow His work, that we do, to fail.  God is with us as we do our ministry, therefore let’s never give up and stick with Lord’s Divine Plan.  For once the work is done, we will be able to enjoy, with the Almighty, the fruits of our long labor.

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