Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Plaster, Plumbing, & Progress


Reading in Ezekiel God has been showing me the importance of obedience.  
Doing things God’s way - with excellence - when we do not understand or
think we know better, will produce progress and protection for our work.


“Because, indeed, because they have seduced My people, saying, “Peace!”
when there is no peace-and one builds a wall, and they plaster it with untempered
mortar- say to those who plaster it with untempered mortar, that it will fall.  
There will be flooding rain, and you , O great hailstones, shall fall; and a stormy
wind shall tear it down.”
(Ezek. 13:10-11 NKJV)


In Ezekiel 13 there is this story about God’s people building a wall.  The builders
took a shortcut by using untempered mortar, mortar that was improperly mixed.  


I have learned that when mortar is not properly mixed that the ingredients pull
away from each other causing the substance to crumble.  It is implied that these
builders knew better. They had been “seduced” into thinking shortcuts are okay.
Seduced by whom? By leaders who told them to rest because their work was
complete.  I looked up the Greek word for peace in this verse which is Shalowm
or Shalom - defined as: completeness, soundness, welfare - peace*. These leaders
told the builders that their work was complete - like a pat on the back - a signing
off on their job.  This was not the case.

Years ago we bought a townhome.  We purchased the model home, because it
had many extra benefits - crown molding, wood flooring, beautiful tile work, a
peaceful view of the woods, and four bathrooms!  We were able to buy it at a
great price. We were pleased with our new home and even though it was smaller
than our previous home we were excited to have a guest room with its own
bathroom, so our family could come visit.  

Several months went by before our family came to stay and this is when we
discovered a problem with our home.  When one of our family members flushed
the guest toilet very hot water came rushing into the bowl. That’s right, the water
in the toilet was hot water!   Talk about a “hot seat”! I called the builder who
sent their maintenance supervisor to investigate. This supervisor was not the
person who had overseen the original build and with little inspection he shared
a very important truth.  The pipes going to that bathroom had been reversed
causing the toilet to receive hot water and the sink to receive only cold water.
The supervisor was shocked and somewhat embarrassed that the company he
worked for would have made such an amateur mistake.  He said that it looked as
if they were in a hurry to get the model completed and that the crew installed the
pipes too quickly - forgoing professional checklists. Thankfully this supervisor
was full of integrity and brought his own crew back in to reconstruct our pipes
with no cost to us.  

Just like the story in Ezekiel, those leaders signed off on a job that was not
done well.  God knows that when we cut corners our bad work has bad
consequences. Even more, when a leader encourages bad work it multiplies
bad consequences.  

God is not about perfection, but He is about doing our work with excellence.
From plaster to toilets to any kind of work that we do -
A Work in Progress is a work protected when it is done with excellence.

*https://www.bibletools.org/index.cfm/fuseaction/Lexicon.show/ID/H7965/shalowm.htm

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