Friday, December 1, 2017

Configuring

Have you ever had to endure that really long period of time it takes for your computer's operating system to actually update? I am in one of those incessant spinning wheel cycles of some major update right now and I am forced to write this on my phone. I don't know why configuring something that already works pretty well has to take so long. There are times when I ask God the same thing about my life. I try to figure out why it is taking so terribly long to finish what he has started! Usually it is because I haven't connected with him in quite the right way so as to allow the "update" to be done!


Don’t look at my sins. Erase them all.  God, create a pure heart in me, and make my spirit strong again. (Psalm 51:9-10 ERV)


When you think of updating something you probably think of a new coat of paint, a few new furnishings, or putting a new facing on something. The fact remains there is still the old under the new when this all you do! You are merely dressing up the old to look new again. God isn't satisfied with just putting a few new window dressings in place. He wants to do more than dress up the old. He is after truly making new what was once old and written. That is why it takes a little longer for him to "configure" us at times.

Back in the day, we used to sing a worship song with words from one of the Psalms that reminded us of God giving us beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, and the garment of praise for our spirit of heaviness. We don't sing that anymore, but the words are still true. God takes what might look okay on the surface and works beneath that surface appearance to produce new results. He is in the exchange business, not just the update business. He gives us a new operating system, not just a refresh.

If the refresh can take so long, just imagine how long it can take for things to be exchanged! We might imagine a refresh is all we need, but God knows when we need more than a little updating! He knows when the best plan is total renovation!  Just sayin!