One Saturday, I needed to fix my trousers because I had a speaking engagement and wanted to look like a man of God. I took the trousers to my tailor and asked him to fix the little opening near the pocket.
The man turned the cloth inside out and started to tear the pocket with his hands… Ah! I was wondering, “I asked you to sew, not tear!”
So I shouted, “You are tearing my cloth o!”
Guess how he replied?
Those two words sank into me like a mill stone sinks in the ocean. I couldn’t talk anymore. He is the tailor, and I am only a customer. Even though I could not relate tearing with sewing but the tailor says “I know”.
Friend, I bring you good news today: God is saying, “I KNOW.”
I hear your complaints and I also hear His reply.
Father, my fiancée just left me… I know.
I have no man to pay my fees… I know.
I was rejected at the embassy again… I know.
I just suffered a terrible loss… I know
So many times when the Lord is fixing us, He starts by ‘tearing’ us – tearing our confidence in ourselves, tearing all our philosophies, tearing our pride and fake humility, tearing the things we call dear and giving us the things that are truly dear.The devil tears to kill, but God tears to fix. God tears the old to give you the new. Click To Tweet
We only need wisdom and discernment to know when it is the Lord and when it is not the Lord. The devil tears to kill, but God tears to fix. God tears the old to give you the new. God’s teary fire only refines His own. God’s teary approach only yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness.
So, in reality, God tears no man, He only makes. We call it tearing, He calls it making. We call it breaking, He calls it building. He knows you have need even before you ask. That is why when we complain, He responds: I KNOW.
“For I KNOW the thoughts that I think toward you, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” (Jeremiah 29:11)
My cloth came out better. You are coming out better too.