Any project takes a plan, the right materials, and good labor. If one skimps on any part the finished product will not turn out well. Scripture uses this image of a building project a number of times, and particularly in relation to what God is doing with us. Psalm 100 has declared “Know that the LORD is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture….(vs.3) You are the perfect material God has chosen to use for His creation. Peter wrote, “you also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood,…(IPt.2:5) Even Abraham understood this 2000 years before Christ. In his relationship with the Lord it says “he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.”(Hebrews 11:10) This makes a tremendous difference in how you look at yourself. Not in being puffed up with pride, but understanding that you loved by God, and precious. God has a real and special purpose for your life. I wish more of our young people could understand themselves this way rather than by the values of what the world calls beautiful and good. “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works,…”(Ephesians 2:10)
When one begins a project, whether it is a large building in the heart of a city, or a wood working project in a small shop, there are always a few unforeseen difficulties that crop up. The worker or workers must consider other way to solve the difficulty and complete the project. Such has been the case of God completing the purpose for which He created mankind. God had an intimate relationship with man and woman in the Garden, but their rebellion separated them and caused God begin His costly plan of redemption. At the Exodus God brought the people out of Egypt and could have led them to the Promised Land within six months, but they rebelled and God had to lead them through forty years in the wilderness. The Prophet Isaiah wrote, “Behold, the LORD’S hand is not so short that it cannot save; Nor is His ear so dull that it cannot hear. But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God…(59:1-2) We can and do delay God’s good purpose for us by our sins, but the marvelous truth of God’s grace is that He will not let us go. His forgiveness and cleansing is always available. Paul wrote to the Philippians, “He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”(1:6) Like any good builder, God will not stop work until His project is completed to perfection.