This morning I was finishing my journey through the book of Ezekiel, attempting to draw insights or applications of faith for a school project... this quickly became a frustrating project as chapter after chapter I'm reading exactly how the temple should be built: "And the breadth of the door was ten cubits; and the sides of the door were five cubits on the one side, and five cubits on the other side: and he measured the length thereof, forty cubits: and the breadth, twenty cubits..." (Ezekiel 41:2). How do you draw applications of faith from such a seemingly odd decision to draw out such a subject? What is the purpose in going on for chapters about how the temple should look? Why didn't God choose to instead lengthen topics more relevant to our day, such as abortion? My dad helped me.
I was looking to draw wisdom from the words, not the purpose. The way the Bible is proportioned is perfect, because we know God is perfect. Therefore we have faith in God's design, His space and His time, His articulation and His tedious detail. We may have our own plans for when we should marry, or just how long a certain struggle in our life should endure. God has His own plans and they will take precedent over our will and best judgement. He may spend several chapters of our lives on one theme, when we would've spent a verse. He may write a verse on one situation, when we would've spent a book. God is above our thinking and above our understanding; understanding this, we trust in Him and His choice of time.
"To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:"
"And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose."
Labels: FAITH, TIME