You know when you clean out a closet or reorganize a room (which I should probably try to do some of this winter!), you have to make a bigger mess before things can get better? Life is like that, too. Just when I think things are cleaning up pretty good, God makes sure I see that He’s not done with me yet.
We are almost halfway through the book of Isaiah in BSF. It’s not been an easy study, it is the Old Testament after all. But the continuing theme is that God is calling His people to trust Him … and not in people or things of this earth. God is the only sure foundation. And faith in His promises, His truth, gives us hope. I’m trying to get my relationships organized and build God-honoring friendships. In the process, it seems that I am making a bigger mess. But I am trusting God with all the details. And I know that He will make all things right. His blessings show His tender love for me.
There is a word picture God uses in Isaiah of the vineyard (which I also reference here). The vineyard will be reclaimed, God’s people will be transformed. Someone described it to me this way: A farmer has to till and thresh the field, but care is taken to avoid destroying the seed. He also lets it rest so there is time to grow. God disciplines His children, and sometimes the threshing is severe, but it is not without purpose and the trials will not last forever. Soon, it will be time to grow.
“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1