In yesterday’s post ★Back to the Basics – GOD IS… COMPASSIONATE ★, we discussed that throughout the gospels it says that Jesus “had compassion on them,” or “was moved with compassion for them” regardless of whether he was tired or not, Jesus made time for those in need. He showed how much compassion He by feeding the 5,000 while just having heard that His cousin John the Baptist was beheaded. Today we are going to see that…
This one hits close to home as this is what my profession is. This may surprise you or perhaps you never thought of God as an architect, but I assure you after this post you will see that the Bible does substantiate this claim. For the past 6 weeks I have been doing the Monday thru Friday Bible Studies virtually to overcome the physical distancing that we must all adhere to. On Friday’s we are studying 1 Chronicles which is not the typical “go-to” book to do a Bible Study but all scripture “is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right” (2 Timothy 3:16). I remember when I read 1 Chronicles 28:19-20 (NLT) recently, I was quite surprised to read that:
““Every part of this plan,” David told Solomon, “was given to me in writing from the hand of the Lord.” Then David continued, “Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Don’t be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. He will see to it that all the work related to the Temple of the Lord is finished correctly.””
I had not remembered that God not only designed but wrote done all the plans for the original Temple for Solomon to build from! God was the architect of the Temple that His people worshiped Him, not a human being! That’s pretty incredible!
Another book of the Old Testament that is shied away from, is the Book of Job which follows a man who had to endure the worst tests any person had to go through (other than Jesus). If you have not read the book recently, I would encourage you to dig into it. The composition of the book has a series of speeches / complaints from Job and then rebuttals from (4) different men about WHY this happened to Job. The book then culminates with God giving Job an audience in which He challenges him with these questions…
““Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Tell me, if you know so much. Who determined its dimensions and stretched out the surveying line?”” (Job 38:4-5 NLT).
As an architect myself, I know how much design and effort is put into a set of construction documents for a single building let alone all of creation!! God is the “MASTER” Architect who created all that we see in the Universe! Wow! And through His creation we can know that God is real.
And if that were not enough, in Hebrews 11:10 (NIV) is also shows that God is the Architect of Heaven as well…
“For he [Abraham] was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God.”
This of course is Heaven that Abraham was looking forward to. You can see that God is an Architect – He can design Temples, lay out the foundations of the world and design a Heavenly City that one day we will all enjoy as a result of trusting Jesus as our Savior. So why did I choose this attribute of God? Well it is not just because I am an Architect, though I enjoy a well-designed project and love when you walk through the final product and realize that people will inhabit the spaces that just a year ago did not exist, except on paper (or in this digital age, the Revit BIM Model…Hahaha!) But the true reason is that everything that is naturally found was designed by God. Since I have been quarantined in my home for the past 6 weeks, the only activity outside the house besides grocery shopping is going on walks. Each night I walk for 3 miles and enjoy God’s handiwork. It is reassuring to know that no matter what the adversity or situation is, NOTHING is impossible for the God that designed the ENTIRE UNIVERSE!
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