“You yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ (1 Pet. 2:5).”

When construction began on a new development in our community, the builder placed a large fence around the property. He wouldn’t allow anything inside the gate except what would advance the building of those new homes.

In a similar way, God puts a construction fence around our lives and allows nothing to enter except what will develop us more into the likeness of Jesus.

This fence of God’s care is one of the Christian’s greatest comforts. It assures us that nothing enters our lives except that which is for our ultimate good. The fence of God’s care doesn’t signal that everything will be easy or finished all at once, but it does mean that whatever we encounter inside the fence will have a purpose in the plan of the Architect.

So, remember, Christians are not perfect, but under construction. We have been fenced about with God’s love so that we can be built up according to his perfect plan, and nothing enters our lives except what will be used to make us more like Christ in holiness and service to God!

Prayer: Lord, whatever I face today, help me to remember that it would not have come if it did not have a purpose in your design for my life. Help me to respond with the faith that nothing can enter my life that does not help me better to understand and reflect my Savior.