Making Something New
We do not want to hear bad news. And we sure don’t want to hear that God is unhappy or angry with us. We may have a hard time dealing with the concept of God bringing destruction. Why would God want to destroy God’s people? What does that do to the promises God made? God promised Abraham that there would be a people of God. If God destroys those people, is that promise broken?
Sometimes God has to destroy what is, to do something better. How many times have we seen buildings torn down so better buildings can take their places? God does the same kind of thing. What we interpret as destruction, God sees as a new beginning. God knows all the things we are attached to. What God wants is for us to simply be attached to God. God must sometimes use those times when those things most precious to us have been taken in order to make something new, something better, grow in us.
Is that something we should fear? No, but it does mean changes will take place, and sometimes that seems frightening. When we trust that God wants the best for us, it takes the fear out of those changes. It also gives us the power to acknowledge that God is in charge, even when faced with seeming defeat.
—Rev. Marty Aden
- The God portrayed in Ezekiel 4 is an angry jealous God. How has Christ changed our view of God? And God’s relationship with us?
- When we fail to be good stewards what consequences follow?
- When we face defeat what is it that’s defeated? Is it our own actions, under our own power, contaminated by sin and evil? If so, shouldn’t that be defeated?
- What have you seen “destroyed” in your church, that God has used as a new and better beginning-a growth time-for it?
How Do I Act?
- Make a list of all the things you’re attached to. What are you willing to let go of in order to let God give you something better? Make plans to do so within the next several weeks.
- Go back to some situation in which your faced defeat. Why were you defeated? Is there any way you can try again? Pray for this situation.
- Look around your house or church. Are there things that have gradually deteriorated to the point that they need to be destroyed and built back up? Plan to take on such a project (with permission, of course). It may be something physical or it may be changing a way that you organize something.
- Pray for change in your life every day this week. Pray earnestly that it will happen within you personal and family life, your church life and in you work life. Also pray for the courage to face this change.