July 16, 2018
Isiah 43:7 Everyone who is called by My name, whom I have created for My glory; I have formed him, yes, I have made him.”
When we have gone through the process of formation and God declares that we have ‘passed’ (after we go thru unpleasant events, where we have to face the evil who intend to destroy our lives by using certain situations, events, or people because we still have inaccuracies in our lives), in His eternal sovereign power and love, the Father will return the evil intentions of the devil to bring good to us: To set our heart to the truth, to make us always have the reality of God, to condition our lives to be dependent only on His word!
From the Father’s side, He will do ‘finishing detail’ – from the Hebrew word: ‘âśâh (read aw-saw’ – Isiah 43:7) in our lives. The phase of ‘finishing detail’ is very long however it is not as ‘brutal’ as the formation phase. Our lives are more open and responsive to His word; no more evil intentions in our hearts; we no longer have a ‘hard and rebellious’ heart; we have a gentle, teachable hearts and willing to change. An ideal spiritual condition which make us ready to be ‘dressed up’ with His divinity.
Just like Solomon when he built the temple of God; when the whole construction was done, he gave the ‘finishing touch’ by overlaid it with pure gold (1 Kings 6:20-22; 2 Chronicles 3:4-10). In the bible, gold, precious stones, silver and other precious metals often used to describe God’s divinity. In other words, it is God’s will to ‘dress His people up’ with His divinity!
Matthew 5:23-24 Therefore if you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.
Matthew 5:27-28 “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
But let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No.’ For whatever is more than these is from the evil one. “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I tell you not to resist an evil person. But whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also. If anyone wants to sue you and take away your tunic, let him have your cloak also. And whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two. Give to him who asks you, and from him who wants to borrow from you do not turn away. “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet your brethren only, what do you do more than others? Do not even the tax collectors do so? Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.
The above verses describe the ‘finishing detail’ – the form of divinity that God will bring out of our lives.
Ps. Steven Agustinus