Devotions By Jan

Repairs and Renovations


Scripture for Today: Psalm 122:1 “I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the Lord.”

I have heard some real horror stories about the repair and renovation process! Thankfully, so far we do not have one of our own. However, two observations on the process ring true for me; the work always takes longer than expected and the cost is higher than anticipated! In watching the progress, I have had to readjust my expectations. Patience is not my strong point and what I really want is for the work to be finished yesterday!

Today’s verse speaks about being glad to enter the house of the Lord. To be with other believers and worship our Lord together is a glad event. However, we ourselves are in the process of some serious renovation in that house. There may be some rough edges on people that need sanding down to make smooth. There may be a hanging hinge on a door which makes opening up difficult to do. Perhaps, there are “damaged” people in that house that need repair. Can I really be glad to enter a house like that?  Wouldn’t it be better to come in after all the renovations were complete?

I can be glad to enter the Lord’s house knowing that God is working in others just as He is working in me.  He promises to continue working right up to the day of His return (Phil. 1:6). The on-going changes He is producing in others are the same kinds of renovations He is doing in me. As believers, we are all in the process of change and growth into the very image of His Son. It is a renovation that we live with, knowing that the outcome is worth it!

Lord, help me to be patient with Your work in me, and in others!

3 thoughts on “Repairs and Renovations

  1. Oh my! I need to read this every day! Working as a self checkout cashier at Walmart is … let’s say, challenging. Lol Some very rough edges are seemingly pointed in our direction much too often throughout the day. Late afternoon thru eve, and Sundays are the most challenging lol 😆 I try to remember asap to not take it personally, to cast the spirit of the enemy from that person off of me, and to bless them thru a quick prayer. Some times it takes me longer than other times ☺😉
    Thank you for this timely msg and reminder. I pray your renovations go as smoothly as possible. Amen 🙏


  2. Jan, you got me thinking …II Cor. 6:16 says “We are the temple of the living God. I will dwell in them and walk among them. and I will be their God and they shall be My people”. So, what does my heart, His home look like? What am I willing to clean up for His residence, and what doors am I not so willing to open up for Him in my heart and life? Thank you Jan for that visual reminder! Upward, onward in your renovations….it will all be worth it…This too shall pass!


I welcome your comments

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s