“Let each carpenter who comes on the job take care to build on the foundation! Remember, there is only one foundation, the one already laid: Jesus Christ. Take particular care in picking out your building materials. Eventually there is going to be an inspection. If you use cheap or inferior materials, you’ll be found out. The inspection will be thorough and rigorous. You won’t get by with a thing. If your work passes inspection, fine; if it doesn’t, your part of the building will be torn out and started over. But you won’t be torn out; you’ll survive – but just barely.”
— 1 Corinthians 3:10-15 (Msg).
Have you ever sat yourself down with some DIY project of which you only had the faintest idea about the “D”, and figured it out by trial and error? You tried, you failed, you tried again, and eventually you figured it out. Do you remember how good that felt? Have you ever ‘unlearned’ what took you hours of frustration to accomplish?
I don’t think so.
There’s no question about it – for most of us, the bulldozer is just a matter of time. But your faith house getting torn down isn’t the end of it – it’s just one of those many frustrating ‘tries’. Every time your faith house is razed, you get the chance to rebuild it better and stronger – with the benefit of experience and wisdom you didn’t have one try ago.
God doesn’t want you to fail at this belief thing. In fact, no one wants you to succeed at it more than He does. He wants your faith and trust to be strong. So when your faith house gets knocked asunder, instead of mourning or resenting its loss, go take a look in the debris. God’s already there and He’s brought the cement :D
“My grace is enough; it’s all you need. My strength comes into its own in your weakness.”
— 2 Corinthians 12:9 (Msg)
“…each new start brings me closer to you. Not even the smallest step is ignored by you. Before I can understand it, the new direction of my life is there ahead of me.”
— German Evangelical Church Congress