Dear God, I look at my life and see times that I was holding onto things, jobs, people, relationships. Dear Lord, I did not understand why they left, what I did wrong, what I could have done to be better. But sitting here listening to the thunder and rain, I know it was a time to tear down. Dear Lord, thank you for the things that you see to build up in my life. When I am clinging to the securities in this world, pitiful and unsatisfying, you show me through the tearing down that all things here are temporary. When I get out of the way you are able to build up my life far greater than what I could have done. Thank you God for your way and even in simple things like how the rain, after a dark, stormy day, comes to replenish, refresh, and make new again. Please help us to remember this.
Through Jesus Christ I pray, amen.
From where you sit right now the view varies, but one thing that is common for all of us is that there are times that we just don’t understand. 2 Corinthians 4:7-9 says, “We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair, persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.”
Just like a potter with his clay takes the lump of clay in his hands rolling it around to soften it, making it moldable, God does this with us. If there is ever going to be something beautiful made out of the clay then it must be worked to soften and smooth before doing so. The times of confusion are usually when He’s loosening our grip from the temporary things we are hanging onto. This verse reminds us that even while this is taking place, we must live in faith through whatever. His hands are perfect and the only way that better will come.
Job 5:18 illustrates this perfectly by explaining that although God may allow wounds, He will heal. The book of Job allows us to see the entire story of how Satan comes for us. Job is worked over and remembers God’s words of living by faith and trusting in the Lord. He endures through it and even says, “I know my Redeemer lives and that in the end he will stand upon the earth. After my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God, I myself will see him with my own eyes-I, not another. How my heart yearns within me!” (Job 19:25-27) What faith to be able to look up from the chaos in his life and cry out that he still believes and trusts. After all that happens and the perseverance he demonstrates, God blesses Job with even greater than before.
I challenge you to read these verses when you find yourself on your knees asking God for direction, healing, help, comfort, and forgiveness. God’s hands are perfect and in order for them to build up, many times it takes some tearing down first.
Mar 14:34-36 allows us to see Jesus enduring in a way I pray we never have to. He fell to the ground from being overwhelmed from sorrow and He prays: “everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.” How powerful to know that God took what many saw as the end and created for everyone a new beginning, another chance, forgiveness, a life.
Dear God, thank you for the perfect hands that you use to work in our imperfect lives. You are our only hope and when things seem to be falling apart, we can come to you and know that all things are yours and through the tearing down YOU have a plan to build up. OUR TIME IS YOUR TIME. Our hope is in you.