Daily Devotional – I’m Normal.™ I AM Ministries
“To promote Godly living in a culture committed to destroying it”
Wednesday, March 30, 2016
Billy Graham’s departed wife Ruth has a curious epitaph on her tombstone. It says, “End of Construction. Thank you for Your Patience.” This grand matriarch of the Graham family obviously had a sense of humor!
One Truth Ruth Graham saw was each person born on Earth is under construction from the time of conception until the time of their passing. God has already performed miraculous constructive work and planning before our birth (Jeremiah 1:5, Psalm 139:13-14, Job 10:8-12), but He left a spiritual hole in us. God challenges us to fill the hole, and only God can fill that hole. Thus, our life’s work is to construct a relationship with Him.
Every major construction project begins with a foundation upon which a larger structure is built. God gave us His Son, Jesus Christ, to be the Rock upon we build our lives (Matthew 7:24). Every person born since Christ’s crucifixion has been given the chance to build their lives upon the Rock of Faith. Wise men do, but most people find Him an inconvenient stumbling block and a stone that makes them fall (Romans 9:33).
Many people put the faith in bricks and mortar, building literal fortresses to keep away attackers and to protect them from the forces of nature. Earthly structures may protect us for a time, but God requests we build a structure to last for all eternity. This can only be accomplished with faith. Faith in Jesus Christ will not guarantee safety on Earth, but will provide safety for eternity. All other faiths are shifting sand.
Noah had faith in God and built an ark without understanding the purpose. By faith he and his family were saved while others on Earth perished. His descendants, however, turned quickly to bricks and mortar (Genesis 11:3), constructing a tall tower, trying to reach God by human means. God punished their lack of faith in Him and scattered them by confusing their languages. Prior to Noah, God punished all mankind for Adam and Eve’s lack of faith in what God had told them.
God knows constructing our faith requires time, energy, and perseverance. To assist, He has given us tools to build our faith. His Holy Word, the Bible, is God’s love letter to us and our life manual for faith building. The Bible provides many examples where God honors faith or, conversely, punishes a lack of faith. Jacob spent years building his faith, starting life as a deceiver and reaping what he had sown when others deceived him. In the end, he became a man of great faith and one of the patriarchs.
Peter was a man of faith, but his impetuous nature often sabotaged the construction of his faith. In a moment of great faith, he was the only human to walk on water as Jesus did; that is, until He took his eyes off Jesus and sank immediately. Later, Peter resorted to worldly means to defend Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane, striking Malchus and severing his ear. The next morning, fearing retribution or even death, Peter denied Jesus three times (Matthew 26:69-75). After His resurrection, Jesus restored Peter and hinted at the great works of faith to come from this disciple. Jesus was patient and knew Peter had faith in the Rock (Matthew 16:17-18).
It is normal to take a lifetime to construct your faith. Just as fruit ripens slowly, faith needs to build slowly. Even those of great faith can falter; witness Abraham’s two-time deception wherein he claimed his wife to be his sister. Moreover, just as in Earthly construction we test the structure’s robustness as we proceed, God also tests our faith during our journey. Failures are not meant to be fatal; they are meant to be lessons learned to help build our faith and conform us to His image.
At what point are you in constructing your faith? Do you still have a gaping hole without a foundation or is your faith rising from the foundation of the Rock of Jesus Christ? It is never too late to come to faith in Jesus; even one of the thieves on a cross next to Jesus found faith moments before he died (Luke 23:39-43). When we die our construction is over. Thank Him today for His patience in allowing you to construct your faith in Him.
In His love and service,
A servant of Jesus Christ
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