God fix this. God make me a more patient person. God heal my marriage. God take this addiction away. God…….
Many of us are waiting for God to wave the magic wand and make our lives all better. We’re expecting him to do all the work, because well, he’s God and he can, so he should, right? God doesn’t really work that way. He’s asking you to join him on the path towards healing and restoration, partnering with him in the process of rebuilding.
The prophet Haggai went before the nation of Israel as they were preparing to rebuild the temple of the LORD in Jerusalem. He said this to them, that still applies to us today, “Now give careful thought to this from this day on– consider how things were before one stone was laid on another in the Lord’s temple…..give careful thought to the day when the foundation of the Lord’s temple was laid.” – (2:15, 18)
The temple; the place where they worshipped God and his presence dwelt had been destroyed many years earlier by the Babylonians. Haggai reminds the people before this moment as they laid foundation of the Lord’s temple that, “until now, the vine and fig tree, the pomegranate and the olive tree have not borne fruit.” (2:19)
Yet, as they took steps of faith to start rebuilding Haggai gives a word from God saying, “From this day on I will bless you.” (2:19) I wonder how many of us are waiting for God to do all the work, because we refuse to join him in the process. It could be because we’ve laid some ugly bricks full of lies, bitterness, anger, resentment and pain. We’ve found false comfort in believing those lies, so we refuse to dig up that old foundation and start laying a new one of trust, hope and belief that God can redeem and restore our situation.
We would be wise to tear up that old foundation, God will give us grace when we do and as we start laying new bricks full of his grace and mercy he floods our lives with his love. God can always make something beautiful out of what seems broken, our part is merely to join with him and trust him in the process of restoration.
Don’t give up dear friends. Keep tearing up and rebuilding with the Lord Jesus. Yes it is an arduous process, but in the end we’ll have something more beautiful in our lives because of it. For God’s glory, in Jesus name.