Each year when my reading plan brings me to it, I love reading about the details the tabernacle in Exodus. This always reminds me of the fact that God cares about us and the details of developing our lives.
In Mere Christianity, C. S. Lewis put it this way:
Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on; you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make any sense. What on earth is He up to? The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of – throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were being made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace. He intends to come and live in it Himself.
Peter put it this way:
“As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.” (1 Peter 2:4-5 ESV)
One of the ways we get built up is suffering – I’ll be preaching about that this Sunday at Christ Community Church in Charlottesville. Another is walking with fellow disciples: regularly, intentionally, vulnerably, asking one another Jesus type questions about life following God.
Are you walking with fellow disciples who can point you to God when times are tough? So that rather than ask “Why me?” We can ask “How will you get glory through this oh God?”