There are some things that God sees as sacred. Sacred is something that is set apart as holy unto God. The tabernacle was sacred as well as all of the items inside. Samson because of his Nazarite vow was sacred. The silver, gold, brass and iron of Jericho was consecrated or considered holy unto The Lord. In this passage, it was the temple. When The Lord arrived, it appeared that it was being used for every reason other than for what it was intended. There may have been offerings there, but the actions were mechanical and heartless. Greed, profit and the mundane ceremonial practices filled the place that was intended for heart communion with God.
Trust is an important word in Christianity. It is similar to the word faith in that it carries the idea of being convinced or persuaded. Man’s heart is the aspect of his being that contains trust. Just as you are only able to think of one thing at a time, so your heart can only focus trust on one entity at a time. The greatest problem that man has is recognizing his heart and what it is trusting.
Grin and bear it. How many times has that been said to you or you have said it to yourself? I remember a comic strip in the papers that boasted that title. It was about the trials in life that we need to just deal with and move on. There is a biblical term that has much the same meaning. It is, patience. Patience is not waiting because waiting only entails enduring until the end. However patience is enduring until the end, but with cheerfulness. How many people have you met who are in the midst of a great trial and struggle and yet they remain cheerful. It isn’t any secret to have that attitude because it will result from the Holy Spirit meeting with you and changing your hopeless view to that which agrees with his perspective.
But, how do I get this view? You get this view by seeing the end. Just as God sees the end from the beginning, so you need to do the same. You may not be able to see the details as he sees them, but you can see that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. You can see that whatever takes place it will be what is best for you and greatest for his glory. You can even see that God will continue to be in control and that whatever happens, it is only by his will that it can take place. When you truly have this perspective, you will also have patience.
Now when you have patience, it will do a work for you and in you. When you allow God to do his complete work in your life, you become complete. The word perfect in this passage does not pertain to somebody who is without sin, wrong or error, but it means to be complete as in a complete set. Patience is what you need so that you can be what you are intended to be. The only place that You can get it is from trials. Trials bring you to the end of yourself and when You are there, it is then that God can do something in and through you.
So, think of your trial. Will you allow it to cause you to give up and quit, or will you yield to God so that he can do something even greater in your life: the completing work of patience?
Jesus leaves the crowd of people and takes three disciples with him up onto a high mountain. While on the mount, he is transfigured into his glorified state as John would again see him on the Isle of Patmos. As the disciple see Jesus changed and also the presence of Moses and Elijah, they become exceedingly afraid. In response to the fear, Peter suggests making three tabernacles. Peter is corrected by another manifestation of God as his voice is heard from the cloud.