“…Zeal for your house will consume me.” John 2:17
That was the Psalm the disciples remembered as Jesus was clearing the temple of the money changers. I read it this morning in my quiet time before birds song. Instead of breezing through the chapter and feeling disgust towards those using God’s very dwelling place in a way that stole the purpose, I felt something else.
God’s very dwelling place. That’s who I am (and who you are if you believe). The Bible says my body is the temple of the Holy Spirit.
And because I’m His dwelling place, I wonder, if He is driving out those theives that steal my purpose…
The thought won’t let go as somewhere in the distance a single bird sings, then another. The dark sky gives way to first light and my tiny corner of the world stretches awake, but I can’t move to start my day. I’m too enthralled with the idea that the lover of my soul is passionately clearing out the ugly. Understanding has dawned and I see my current struggles with different eyes. No longer is the upheaval my enemy. The upheaval could well be what He’s using to clear out my enemies. Those thieves, Pride, Judgement and Self-Centeredness that have for too long lived in me and leeched my focus. (I suspect seeing things this way will help me move through the struggle with a little grace. 🙂 )
Have you ever been through something that upended you only to discover that it was exactly what you needed? If so, I’d love to hear your perspective…
Sending you love my friends