Whereas Edom saith, We are impoverished, but we will return and build the desolate places; thus saith the LORD of hosts, They shall build, but I will throw down; and they shall call them, The border of wickedness, and, The people against whom the LORD hath indignation for ever (Malachi 1:4).
The Bible is very clear that God is the builder of all things, and that it is the house He builds that is built (Hebrews 3:4; Psalm 127:1). He does not only builds houses, He builds lives, He builds homes, He builds cities, He builds nations. He builds businesses. He builds ministries. He builds churches. He is the real builder of all things (Hebrews 11:10).
Whatever it is you want to build, let God build with you. Then your success is guaranteed. In our text today, God expressed His displeasure with the generation of Esau for their wickedness. He devastated their country, and turned it to a wilderness. They rose up again to build, but as they were building, He was throwing it down. When you make yourself an enemy of God, then there is nothing you can build successfully. When you make yourself a friend of God, then, you will build, and you will prosper.
Therefore he said unto Judah, Let us build these cities, and make about them walls, and towers, gates, and bars, while the land is yet before us; because we have sought the LORD our God, we have sought him, and he hath given us rest on every side. So they built and prospered (2 Chron. 14:7).
How can you build and prosper? First, get rid of anything that is unclean in your life that will make God resist you or refuse to build with you. You do this through true repentance. It is when you walk in righteousness that God will walk with you (Amos 3:3).
Then, you should ask for God’s wisdom. It is through wisdom that you can build. Whenever God wants to make someone a builder, He pours the spirit of wisdom on that person (Prov. 24:3; Exodus 31:2).
Then, you should give yourself to prayer. Building for God is spiritual warfare. Satan will resist you with all his arsenal. But in Christ you are more than a conqueror. Nevertheless we made our prayer unto our God, and set a watch against them day and night, because of them (Nehemiah 4:9).
Finally, you must give glory to God for whatever He builds for you. Avoid the trap of pride. That was the problem of
Nebuchadnezzar. When he saw the great city, Babylon, which He built, pride entered his heart and he boasted against God. The result was his insanity for seven years, until he realized that it is God who builds (Dan. 4:29-33).
The Lord will bless you with wisdom and great favour. You will build and you will prosper. In Jesus mighty name.
Then answered I them, and said unto them, The God of heaven, he will prosper us; therefore we his servants will arise and build: but ye have no portion, nor right, nor memorial, in Jerusalem (Nehemiah 2:20).
SCRIPTURE FOR TODAY
FOR FURTHER STUDIES
Confession for Today: The Lord is with me. I will build and I will prosper.
- Give thanks to God for His word.
- Ask the Lord to take out of your life anything that will stop Him from building with you.
- Ask the Lord to clothe you with the spirit of wisdom to build.
- Ask the Lord to build great things by your hands.
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