We have a lot of building materials on the property ready to be used for the building of our house here in Mexico. In fact, I’m typing this on the front porch of the Zaragoza house with about 160 bags of cement stacked up behind me. It’s interesting that the cement that’s stacked behind me in bags will soon surround Diann and me in the form of a concrete roof, concrete foundation, and concrete pillars. There’s also a pile of stone and another pile of sand along with bunches of long strands of rebar.
It takes a lot of material to build even a small house. We humans can create things, but we need stuff, raw stuff, to create it. I’m reminded of the story of some prideful scientists who boasted that they could create life from the basic substances found in common earth, in dirt. They bragged that they could do what the book of Genesis says God did, and that was to create man out of the earth. God responded to their prideful boast and boomed from heaven, “Go ahead and create life from dirt, if you can!” The scientists, though startled by the voice from above, responded to the challenge and began to collect soil. Once again God boomed forth from heaven, “Get your own dirt!”
God can create something out of nothing, it’s called ex nihilo. We people have to create something out of something. Diann and I are blessed of the Lord that we have the resources, dollars turned into pesos, to purchase the materials needed to build our home. We also have the gifts of our builder, Marco; I certainly wouldn’t want to try and build the house myself!
I was thinking about this whole process this afternoon while I was taking a walk, and it occurred to me that God always provides the resources we need to carry out His call upon our lives. He provides the financial resources, the resources of the talents of others, His gifts of specific talents or abilities given to us, the gift of time to do something, the gift of the help of others, and the physical, emotional, and spiritual strength we need. As the old saying goes, God doesn’t call the qualified but qualifies the called.
Part of an active faith in the Lord is to believe that He will provide what we need to do what He wants us to do. He is our ultimate source, for everything!
Nearing the end of his life, King David, who had yearned to build the Lord’s temple but wasn’t allowed to by the Lord, said to his son Solomon, “I have taken great pains to provide for the temple of the Lord a hundred thousand talents of gold, a million talents of silver, quantities of bronze and iron too great to be weighed, and wood and stone. And you may add to them. You have many workers: stonecutters, masons and carpenters, as well as those skilled in every kind of work in gold and silver, bronze and iron – craftsmen beyond number. Now begin the work, and the Lord be with you.”(1 Chronicles 22:14-16) Let’s begin, or continue, the work the Lord has called us to, believing in His provision for the call!