Is your life a mess right now? Are you discouraged? Would you like someone to pray for you?
“His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness… For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith…” (2 Peter 1:3 and 5).
A popular television program in the United States centers around a family being awarded a new house. The choice of the family for this coveted prize is often determined by their sacrificial contribution to the needs of others while foregoing personal comfort, or perhaps because a debilitating physical handicap of one of its members has caused extreme hardship.
After the joy of selection and hearing of their coming good fortune, the family is whisked away for a much deserved holiday at a resort or similar vacation spot. They are told that upon their return, a new and wonderful home will be ready.
If you have survived a house renovation, you most likely did not go away on vacation during the process. You lived in the midst of the mess. Plastic sheeting was hung to prevent the spread of plaster dust, but amazing amounts of the white film still landed on floors and tabletops. A kitchen re-make often finds us cooking meals on the gas or charcoal grill and washing dishes in the bathtub because promised appliances have not been delivered on schedule.
God is in the business of life renovation. Although our position with Him is complete because of the sacrificial work of Christ on the cross, He continues the re-making process on a daily basis. Often we—and those observing us—would describe the process as messy. But the God who first created order out of chaos in the formation of our world has the same goal in mind for us.
Lord, I admit to preferring ultimate order without the mess. Help me be patient as you work your good work in my life.
Questions: What part of the “renovation process” has been going on in your life recently? What progress have you seen?
About the Author Marilyn J. Ehle
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