Poor Mrs. Sarah Winchester. Her San Jose home was always under construction as she was told that evil spirits would leave her alone if she never stopped building. After the untimely death of her daughter and husband, she felt that she could be next. This sprawling mansion at the time of her death in 1922 boasted 160 rooms, 2,000 doors (some leading nowhere) and 10,000 windows, 47 stairways (a few climbing to nothing), 47 fireplaces, 6 kitchens, and 13 bathrooms!
Today’s verse describes believers as God’s house. This house is solid being held together not with stone and mortar but with confidence and hope. It is held up with the truth, acting as pillars (I Tim. 3:15) and as a foundation. God’s house or “household” is the church. In this building there are no staircases or doors leading nowhere. Every component has a purpose to bring glory and honor to the Builder. The honor is not so much in the building itself but in the Builder. And Christ, as the building manager is faithful over all and trustworthy.
Holding firmly to His plan for this building is not always easy. Losing confidence and hope is a real temptation when because of conflict, cracks seem to appear in the walls. But Christ is faithful even when I am not! He continues to work on me to make me more like Him. He strengthens my weaknesses and fills me with the fruit of His Spirit. Where discord reigned, I can with His help respond with love and patience. We need each other to collectively bring glory to Him who is worthy!
Help me Lord, to honor You today.