Every week I write a daily devotional for a Celebrate Recovery group — you may not be in recovery, however, the revelation that God gives is relevant to all.
“Is not this the carpenter’s son? Is not His mother called Mary, and His brothers, James and Joseph and Simon and Judas? Matt. 13:55
A carpenter has the skills and knowledge to cut, fasten, carve, and design objects made of wood and other materials, they also repair and design new structures. Did you know that the frame work of a house is one of the most imporant foundations of a home. The frame work is a structure that is put in place to not only secure the structure and protection of the outside of your home, but also the inside. It does not surprise me that Jesus was a carpenter by trade before he was in ministry. Jesus, like his earthly father was a carpenter and the same is true for him today. Jesus is just like his heavenly father. I believe that God is showing us a picture so that we can understand who he is and who our heavenly father is. Metaphoically speaking, Jesus in our life comes that he would repair, rebuild and even create new things in our life. We have broken relationships, we have hurt others, others have hurt us and we have missed opportunites and dreams. Jesus as our heavenly carpenter can repair, restore and build new beginnings for us. As we are walking out this journey of recovery we trust that those things that are broken and lacking wil be restored to us by allowing Jesus to be the skilled carpenter in our lives. As I mentioned above, Jesus is also like his heavenly father. It is written that Jesus said, if you have seen me you have seen the Father. Jesus reflecting our heavenly father is one of unconditional love, grace, mercy and forgiveness. Today I encourage you to trust God with your fears, anger and anything else that you are holding on to and allow him to reconstruct, repair and build a new foundation in your life so that you can be and have everything that God intends for you. Also, do not let your hurts, habits and hang ups be in vain, you will meet people on purpose who will be going through something that you can relate to and you will be the arms and hands extended of Jesus. You can lead them to a heavenly carpenter’s love and divine reconstructive healing.
God loves you and so do I !