Clearing the Ground

Hi everyone, Rob here. We took over our new house last Friday and the renovations have begun, inside and out. Walls have come out, trees have come down and holes are being patched. It has given me some insight into these verses from Isaiah 40:3-5.

A voice of one calling:
“In the wilderness prepare
the way for the Lord;
make straight in the desert
a highway for our God.
4 Every valley shall be raised up,
every mountain and hill made low;
the rough ground shall become level,
the rugged places a plain.
5 And the glory of the Lord will be revealed,
and all people will see it together.
For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”

Of course, these verses are also the ones used to describe the work of John the Baptist in preparing the way for Jesus. It implies that in order for good construction to happen there has to be deconstruction that happens first. In John’s ministry he got people to repent; to turn from their old way of life so that they would be free and able to embrace the new way of life that comes through Jesus.

The deconstruction that’s happening in our home is for a purpose. We are creating a new environment, making it work for our family and reflecting our love of light and open spaces. In other words, we are seeking to make the house in our own image. Deconstruction happens in our lives for the very same reason. God is making us new, so that he may be at home in us and we will truly be made in his image.

The Message puts it like this in Romans 6: “If we’ve left the country where sin is sovereign, how can we still live in our old house there? Or didn’t you realize we packed up and left there for good? That is what happened in baptism. When we went under the water, we left the old country of sin behind; when we came up out of the water, we entered into the new country of grace – a new life in a new land!”

So this means that we need to be careful about how we interpret the hard things in our life. It isn’t always an attack by the enemy – though it sometimes is. It isn’t always our own fault – though it sometimes is. It isn’t always the fault of others. It can be circumstances organised by God so that healthy deconstruction happens. They can be opportunities for us to die to our ego, our lust, our pride, our need for control and our independence. So we always need to ask Jesus, “What’s going on here Lord? What does my response need to be?” Deconstruction is hard work, energy sapping and often painful, but it is necessary if we want to be the people that God intended us to be and if we want God to be home in our hearts. He deconstructs us because he loves us and is shaping our lives to reflect his glory. It sounds good to me!

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