40 Days of Faith
"For he waited for the city which hath foundations,
whose builder and maker is God."
I am the kind of person that has to see something firsthand to really understand it. Some would say that makes me analytical and some would say that I'm just slow. Either way, if you show me what you are doing, I have a greater understanding of how it works and what it means. Back in 2005 we had a new educational building constructed at Lighthouse. I was extremely eager to see walls going up, flooring going down, and a roof placed on top of the structure. To me, theses were the most important parts of the project. Any one with experience in construction knows that there is something far more important than any of these things. I watched for several days as by hand and machine the workers dug deep into the ground to get the footers just right. At six different places deep, wide square holes were made as well. The steel beams were brought in and placed down in these holes and concrete was poured into them along with the footers. After all of this was done and made just right the rest of the building could go up.
Abraham had left everything he knew out of obedience to the voice of God. He was promised a dwelling place for him and his descendants. During his life every difficulty imaginable reared its head against him. It seemed that he would never see the promise of God fulfilled from a human standpoint. If you read this passage closely, however, Abraham wasn't looking for a place on this earth to call home. While others may have been looking for peace on earth, he was longing for peace in the presence of God. Some may have wanted God to fulfill all of their hopes and dreams for this life; for Abraham God was his hope and dream.
Abraham saw the time on this earth as God's foundation work for his life. There were days where God slowly and methodically dug deep into Abraham's heart and faith. It was often a painful process and slow going. It may have taken more time than Abraham's flesh wanted it to take, but he knew that God makes all things beautiful in His time. The foundation of faith was essential in order for Abraham to be the servant of God that he needed to be. The same is true of us. We are by nature very impatient people. Like the prodigal son, we want every thing that is coming to us right now. The truth is that we are not ready for it yet. The foundation hasn't been completed. God has some more work to do in our hearts before we can enjoy all that He has prepared for us. It is imperative that we stop looking at this life as all that God has for us and realize that our eyes have not seen nor have our ears heard all that God has for us.
May you let God dig deep into your heart today!