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“Now I know what you’re thinking….” (I love when Tom Selleck says that on the commercial). You’re thinking “THE BUILDING PROJECT IS DEAD! WE’RE NEVER GOING TO HAVE A NEW YOUTH/CHILDREN’S ROOM!”
Well, I believe once again, our readings from the Psalms (Psalms 125-130) has something to say, so I’ll combine my perspective for this week with a thought from the Psalms. The message from Psalms 126 and 127 have great encouragement for those going through a dry spell or a prolonged period of waiting.
Restore our fortunes, O LORD, like streams in the Negeb! 5 Those who sow in tears shall reap with shouts of joy! 6 He who goes out weeping, bearing the seed for sowing, shall come home with shouts of joy, bringing his sheaves with him. (Psalms 126:4-6 ESV)
Unless the LORD builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in
vain. 2 It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep. (Psalms 127:1-2 ESV)
Psalm 126 was written during a time when Israel was looking back on good times, yearning for a return to their glory days. It’s a plea for revival. And the Psalmsist describes two types of renewal. The first is the kind that comes like a flash flood in the desert. The second like a hard-won, long awaited harvest. Sometimes God comes into our lives out of nowhere… suddenly, without warning… and we experience His amazing power like the rushing torrent of a desert stream. Other times, we wait and wait, praying for Him to move, and yet He takes His time. His blessings coming in due season.
Psalm 127 speaks to us of the necessity of the Lord’s help. It reminds us that in the end, it’s not up to our hard work to make things happen. There’s this thing of God’s timing. It will happen when God wants it to happen. Stop thinking you’re in control and give the control back to God!
Now let’s apply this to where we are with our building program. Friends, I know it’s been a long discouraging process. We hoped to be using those new rooms by now. And in our frustration we want to find an explanation for why things haven’t moved forward. We look someone to blame. “It’s not supposed to be this way!” Yes, but it is. And frustration and blame will not get us where we need to be.
God will make it happen… whether suddenly, or over an extended season of waiting, it will come about in His time. God will build this house! His way, His time.
So here’s a thought… instead of focusing all our hope on getting a building built, let’s continue to build what is going inside the building… the people! The building is the shell. We are the living organism inside! So what if we strengthen our children and youth programs. What if some who are yet to be involved said “I can help, what needs to be done!” Friends, there are children to be discipled, and there are youth that need to be mentored. We’re not just looking for people to run a program, we’re looking for folks who want to invest in eternity. Each of us can make a massive difference in someone else’s life!
While we are waiting, God is working. Let’s join Him! “He gives to His beloved in their sleep!”. Let’s not quit or be faint of heart. And if we’ve pledged to the building program, let’s continue to give knowing that God will come through at exactly the right time. This “I’ll start giving again when I see some progress” attitude neither honors our word or demonstrates faith. So when the torrent of God’s blessing rushes over us, we will be found faithful, serving with a joyful, thankful spirit.