Faith musings from the seat of a forklift.
Its rather odd. A warehouse can thrive for many years, and then it is suddenly abandoned, just leaving an empty shell. In like manner, the same can be true of a regular house, like the one in the picture here, which is a only a couple of blocks away from my home. Such places usually leave one with a feeling of foreboding, as if the building has been forsaken for all time. Though such is not necessarily true, it is the impression that it has.
Truthfully, the company I work for was once in a building that had sat abandoned for many years. We operated there quite successfully for just over a decade, and then the property owners decided to pull our lease. This forced our hand in finding a new facility and quickly. Thankfully, we had a backup plan and we are still in operation, at our new facility, despite that unfortunate event.
Its kind of funny. Our lives can often be like those buildings. They can be filled with God’s Holy Spirit and thriving, or they can be empty, and feel forsaken. It is often just the outlook of the particular individual. For the Christian, we should not even feel like we are forsaken, for it is written in Deuteronomy 31:6 “Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.” This means that no matter what we go through as Christians, God is right there by our sides.
What about those empty buildings, are they not forsaken? Not necessarily. Just like our lives, those building do have problems. However, when a contractor goes in a repairs them and then either a family or a company moves in, it is just like God’s Holy Spirit coming in to dwell within us. However, there will also be those who want to destroy such buildings, just like Tacitus, who sought to destroy the Christians during the early days of the Christian church. The question is who do we let win in our lives, Tacitus the agent of Satan, or the triune God?
When Christ Jesus was crucified, it is recorded in the Gospels of Mark and Matthew that he cried out “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” It has been said that in that moment, Jesus was the most vile and sinful thing in all of creation, for he had taken upon himself the sins of all of humanity. That meant he bore upon himself the sins of Adam and Eve, as well as all since committed from that moment onward to the final consummation of history at some point that is yet future. Such being the case, God turned away from him as he died upon the cross because of our sins. Thankfully, that is not the end of the story.
Much like the restoration of an abandoned building, God resurrected Jesus from the grave. So too, we have that same promise of being resurrected someday. Yes, I know full well we all will have those days in which we feel abandoned and forsaken. However, thanks to Jesus sacrificing himself upon the cross for our sins, we have the promise that God will never abandon or forsake us. We might abandon and forsake him, and if it comes to the point where we outright deny him, then we might find ourselves in danger of an eternity in Hell, however, if we repent of those times, he will forgive us. No sin is so great that God can not forgive it, save for the blasphemy of the Holy Spirit, which is thought to live life and die in a state of unrepentant sin.
It is my prayer that the house in that picture will be bought and restored. I honestly would like to see a family live there. It is also my prayer that those reading this will know that God loves them and sent his only son to die for their sins and rise from the grave that they may have everlasting life.
Perhaps it is true that human lives are like buildings. If so, then may the greatest contractor in the universe, God Almighty, enter into our lives and rebuild them. May his Holy Spirit dwell within our lives, giving them the greatest possible meaning, and may the death and resurrection of Christ Jesus make is so that at the last day, we stand upon a firm foundation of faith.