Not one stone here will be left on another; every one will be thrown down.”…. (Mark 13:2).
Be careful what you build your life upon. It can very easily and quickly come crashing down. At least, it did for me. I built my life upon my insecurities and pride and with a swift and sudden blow, it all crumbled and I was left with a pile of ruins to sift through.
The Jews placed their hope and faith in the temple in Jerusalem. To them, it was what their faith hung upon. The temple was simply meant to be a place to worship God, it was never meant to turn into something to be worshipped. Whenever we turn things in our lives into something to be worshipped, making it an idol in our lives, don’t be surprised when it comes crashing down as you pursue the Lord and a deeper walk with Him.
It’s not that God is punishing us for it. No, He’s trying to make us new and in every construction project, we have to demolish or do away with the old to make room for something new. I wish I would have understood that myself before everything came crashing down so that my life didn’t become so painful. But you see, even as I began to sift through the rubble that was my life I learned so many lessons about true, abiding faith. Without that season, I’m not certain that my heart would have grown nearly as much as it did and so because of that, I’m grateful.
Everything we hold too closely in our lives is really about a root of pride, insecurity, fear or something similar, so we come up with ways to soothe these issues in our lives. For me, it was my outward success and how I appeared so well put together before others. Then, when I lost all of that and was left with nothing but brokenness I came to realize just how much I trusted, not in God, but in my fears to push me through life.
Be thankful when things come crashing down. It’s often for our good. Truly, this is where God shows up in our lives. To meet us in the midst of our rubble and remind us who He is for us in that present moment of pain and in the hope of a brighter future.
Lord Jesus, thank you for demolishing pride and fear in my life. I never want to go back to that place. Therefore, I need your grace to keep walking the path you’ve placed before me. Help me to grow to be like Jesus and to see those areas that are too important in my life. Make me more like you, I pray, in Jesus name, Amen.