Thursday, August 09, 2012
Today’s Topic: Let’s Build
Today’s Text: 1 Chronicles 22:19 (ESV) Now set your mind and heart to seek the LORD your God. Arise and build the sanctuary of the LORD God…
I’m scared. It’s not an unfaithful fear, but a humbling fear. It’s a faith-building fear that comes from an honest perspective of the awesomeness of God and my human frailty. It’s a faith-strengthening fear generated by the relationship between the incredible mission God has assigned and the recognition of my weakness. It’s a fear I embrace.
I’m experiencing this fear this morning because my heart is fixed on the upcoming events of Sunday. This Sunday is going to be an historic day in the life of our church. God has ordained it. This Sunday we break ground on our undeveloped property and officially begin the construction process of the facility God is giving us as a tool to accomplish His Son’s mission for us. That mission is to go into all the world and make disciples of Jesus Christ the Lord.
The magnitude of this upcoming event is overwhelming me. Who am I that I should be the leader of this movement of God? Why would the people of God trust me at this time? I know my flaws, and so do they. I know my weaknesses, and so do they. I can recall more failures than they know. I’m weaker than they think. In my flesh I cannot be trusted.
HOWEVER, it is in my weakness that Jesus Christ is revealed as all-powerful. It is in my weakness that Jesus Christ is revealed as all-knowing. It is in my weakness that His eternal presence is experienced. For when we are humble, then God is exalted. The fear I am feeling is the beginning of such faith.
I have wasted so much time in my life trying to make myself strong, only to discover the extent of my weakness. I have endured so much self-caused pain because of the power I have granted to pride to dictate my decision to overcome my weakness with more self-effort. It is a vicious cycle of bondage that can only be broken at the point of weakness before pride kicks in again.
The fear I am experiencing is such a point of weakness, and I embrace it. Satan would like me to fear it from my flesh and allow my strength to attempt to conquer the day. The temptation to do more in my own strength to prepare is strong, but I am resolved to let go of the wheel and trust completely the power and purpose of Jesus Christ. It is His day, not mine. It is His vision, not mine. It will be His provision, not mine. It will be for His glory, not mine.
Today I choose the truth of Proverbs 3:5-6. I will trust in the Lord with all my heart, and not lean on my own understanding. I will acknowledge Him in all my ways, and He will direct my paths. Today and every day, I will set my mind and my heart on seeking the Lord my God. And on Sunday, we will arise together and begin to build the sanctuary of the Lord God.