Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Get to work.

I've been hearing a lot of complaints about God lately from my young friends. Either about ways God had done something or NOT done something else. They are not alone in such thinking of course these are the questions of the world, all the way from the ones sitting in the gutters to those who breath in the dust of theological libraries.

Today I heard some words that suddenly made all those things seem well um...unnecessary. We are all looking to God to swoop down and complete a task for us or stand in the way of something but he rarely does. There is a bible verse that says unless the lord builds the house the workers build in vain, but whom of us has ever seen God swinging a hammer. It is a metaphor. A way of understanding how God intersects in our lives. God loves us so much that he sent his son to die in our place. That's the foundation. In this he shows his love. He has already done more than we deserve of him. Now for the rest he puts the hammer in our hands and we have to work for it. If he loves us so much we should realize that we should love ourselves and get to work on building ourselves instead of letting ourselves fall apart. We shouldn't expect him to intervene into the circumstances of our lives but we should expect that he wants to change how we react to these situations.

It was good to hear such words especially as they were directed at one of my young friends. You have to want to build, want to change. In my view let's get to work. Fits with the sign God gave me today in my mind. It said, construction ahead.

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