Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Psalm 51:10 (NASB)
I spent most of Monday morning demolishing ten computers for my son-in-law. Ray has a junk removal business, and people pay him to remove what they consider to be junk. But as they say, one man’s junk is another man’s treasure. In this case, computers really are, but it does take a lot of time and effort to get the most value out of them.
Still, I find it’s much quicker and easier to demolish something than it was to create it in the first place. I couldn’t believe how many screws it took to hold one computer together. Many of them were in places completely inaccessible until I had removed another piece that interfered with its abstraction. I couldn’t help but picture the time and precision it took to put together these amazing pieces of technology. I took apart ten, and no two were exactly alike. They had been built to exact specifications to fulfill the needs of their previous owners.
In most cases, my first move was to simply drop the computer onto the concrete driveway with as much force as possible to break away as much of the plastic outer casing as I could. The outer skin of a computer may make it look nicer, but it’s worthless. It’s the internal motherboard and precious metals that are valuable. Did you know there’s a little one inch square “brain” hidden inside that’s made with gold?
So, what’s any of this got to do with anything? Sunday was Easter, and it was my privilege to attend two services Sunday morning, one at Hebron and one at 12 Stone with my daughter Kristina and her family. Although the services were entirely different, both were entirely scriptural and spoke boldly proclaiming the Lordship of Jesus Christ. The 12 Stone sermon described history as a pyramid with Jesus at the apex and five Old Testament events in ascending order on one side mirrored by five New Testament events in descending order. I’d never looked at it that way before, but it made sense. The sermon title was Unscripted, and the point was most of life happens in the unscripted moments.
God made each of us. We’re all different. We have different talents and abilities. He took great care and precision giving us exactly what we’d need to face the challenges He had for us. What’s on the outside has so little importance, but for the most part, it’s all most people see or care about. God has a purpose and a plan for each life, but sin does its best to destroy that purpose and plan. Satan knows all our weaknesses and vulnerabilities, and he knows exactly when and where to strike to demolish our defenses. He may or may not do it overtly like I did to those computer casings, but he knows exactly which screws he needs to turn before he can get right to that “gold” and pluck it from you.
Fortunately, Jesus does stand guard at that apex if we’re His children, and He will never allow His children to be plundered by the enemy. What the enemy means for evil, He will use for good if we allow Him to. He can even restore the years the locusts have eaten–but only if we lean of Him, and not on our own understanding. The Bible tells us our hearts are deceptive, and they are! We need His wisdom, not our own. He didn’t just create us and leave us on our own to face life after sin had left its ravages. He redeemed us and made a way for restoration and revitalization, not just for now, but for all eternity. We’re good at demolition, but He’s much better at creation. Let Him create in each of us a clean heart and renew in us His Spirit this Easter season.