Archive for May, 2013

He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform. And therefore “it was accounted to him for righteousness.”
(Romans 4:20-22 NKJV)

Not wavering at the promise of God is the key, isn’t it? When we refuse to waver because we are convinced that the power God is up to His promises and that His character is integral then we are strengthened in our faith. In that strength we glorify God. This is the process that promises that we will all appear before God going from strength to strength; from glory to glory. And that is just the warm up.

This conviction is the conduit that the Lord uses to impart His righteousness to us! Growing strength in the faith is just a benefit of being assured that heaven is ours. Verse 23 proclaims that this passage doesn’t apply to Abraham alone but to us who are also fully convinced that He died for us and raised from the dead for our relief from sin. It is our only justification.

For we will surely die and become like water spilled on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again. Yet God does not take away a life; but He devises means, so that His banished ones are not expelled from Him.
II Samuel 14:14 NKJV

David’s family was in a terrible situation. It was by their own doings. David hadn’t parented well. Amnon had raped his half-sister, Tamar. Her brother, Absolam, had waited two years to avenge her by murdering Amnon. Scripture that when David heard about the rape he was angry, but he didn’t do anything about it. Now Absolam was in exile in, Geshur, a foreign province that had maintained a mostly friendly relationship with Israel. Joab arranged for a local woman to present a fictitious case with similar merits so that David could judge objectively. This ruse worked and David brought his son home.

Absalom’s final rebellion not withstanding, Joab’s teaching through this women still applies to us today. If we can’t find ways to restore our relationships after there is catastrophic failure we will be like water that is wasted when it is spilled. We have to make our heart like the Lord’s so that it devises ways to return those who are banished from our lives before they are permanently expelled from our lives.

And the temple, when it was being built, was built with stone finished at the quarry, so that no hammer or chisel or any iron tool was heard in the temple while it was being built.
I Kings 6:7 NKJV

If we let Him, God has a way of quietly shaping us away from public view. The changes in our character can be dramatically evident without there being a lot of drama associated with the process. Jesus is humble and does not require the spotlight. He wants us to shine for Him so that we can introduce others to Him in naturally supernatural way.

However, He is so committed to changing our character that He will correct us quite publicly if we refuse to submit humbly to the private process. We can count on His love to hold us in place while He shapes us to resemble Him. The choice of venue for our process of change is largely our choice.

Waiting at the Quarry…