‘God’s business is putting things right; he loves getting the lines straight, setting us straight. Once we are standing tall, we can look him straight in the eye.’ (Psalm 11 Message). The result the Lord is looking for as He works with us is that we would be able to relate with Him face to face, unbound by insecurities and weaknesses. At a time when He has been exposing and working on my pride I read, ‘the proud he knows from afar’ (Psalm 138:6). This shock leaves me motivated to persevere so that God will finish His work in me. I know I cannot do it myself, whenever I think I am doing well I sense an attitude welling up as if it had been me rather than the Lord working through me.
A lesson I have learned from construction work is that you have to cut back to a solid base before you start building. If you try to build on something weak you pay a price in the long run as you realise you have to go back to the beginning wasting much work.
The Lord works on me with similar determination. At times he builds me up giving opportunities to develop and serve. Then I get ahead of myself and my attitude shows the degree to which I am out of true, so he strips me down exposing and working with me on my weaknesses. His goal, that we talk freely face to face, makes it all worth it.