“When a Christian tries to live by reason he is moving out of God’s country into the enemy’s land. We belong in the miraculous and the supernatural realm.” John G. Lake. The process of building according to the pattern can take many years to accomplish. Well, why do I say this? The Bible tells us, it took Solomon seven years to build the temple of God and thirteen years to build his private palace. Read 1 Kings 7:1 (NLT). When you live by design, there are no wasted experiences.
Bear this in mind, the process of building will come with so much discomfort, but we are assured, no pain will be wasted because it will have a purpose in our lives. Oh, Ricky, you say, this can’t be. Well, see what the Bible says, “The testing will refine, cleanse, and purify those who keep their heads on straight and stay true, for there is still more to come.” Read Daniel 11:35 (TLB). This is not a verse we think is in the Bible, but it is! Listen to this, “Beloved friends, if life gets extremely difficult, with many tests, don’t be bewildered as though something strange were overwhelming you.” Read 1 Peter 4:12 (TPT).
So, the question is asked, what does one do during those long periods in the building process? We are aware, the type of building determines the depth of the foundation and the planning involved can take some time. And if you understand anything about building, there are so many complexities to construction and the expert will need to be consulted at each stage. The Bible says, “And you shall remember [always] all the ways which the Lord your God has led you this forty years in the wilderness, so that He might humble you and test you, to know what was in your heart [mind], whether you would keep His commandments or not.” Deuteronomy 8:2 (AMP).
Those long periods are when we are put on the potter’s wheel, are times of refinement or tunning and what I believe one should do is use it to develop one’s spiritual muscle, hence the Bible says, Come and be His “living stones” who are continually being assembled into a sanctuary for God. For now, you serve as holy priests, offering up spiritual sacrifices that He readily accepts through Jesus Christ.” Read 1 Peter 2:5 (TPT).
No time is ever wasted in the work of God; everything has a purpose intended to help you and me get to where God wants for us in Christ.
My Father, I am just grateful to be part of Your Kingdom and assigned specific tasks to teach Your word with simplicity and clarity; for that Lord, I am absolutely thankful.
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