The Day of the Second House

by Andy Wood on September 23, 2008

in Five LV Laws, LV Cycle, Principle of Freedom, Principle of Legacy, Waiting

I have a friend who’s living in-between.  He once had a position of ministry and fulfilled calling, and believes he’ll have another one again.  In between, he waits – preparing for the day of the Second House.

I have another friend who was blindsided by an unwanted divorce.  He has suffered the loss of a family, a vision, and a sense of being at home.  Still, he waits – convinced that he will see, in some measure, the day of the Second House.

I can relate to both, but for different reasons.  More than 10 years ago, I began a Second-House journey of my own – explainable only by the stunning grace of God.  I have watched in awe as dreams I had given up on, callings I had once felt, and opportunities I once squandered began to be fulfilled.  More than a God of second chances (which He is), He has shown me that He is a God of second seasons, second lives, sometimes second families, and even second callings.

He’s the God of the Second House.

So what’s up with the “Second House?”
The Second House refers back to a biblical season that I had pretty much ignored.  For years I have been fascinated with the story of Nehemiah – his leadership, his passion, his wonder-working wall construction.  But Nehemiah had a predecessor, Zerubbabel, who had a similar calling.  His task:  to rebuild the house of God.  To usher in the day of the Second House.

The first house was Solomon’s temple.  Magnificent.  Stunning.  Richly elaborate.  A source of national pride and glory when built, and national pain when it was destroyed.

The second house was different.  It didn’t have all the ornate materials.  Many who had seen the first one in its former glory openly wept at the sight of the second house.  It was plain and simple.  But there was something different – something special about this place.  It was a work of the Spirit, an expression of profound grace, and a symbol of the promise of more to come.

It’s sad that the first house was destroyed.  Israel had no one to blame but themselves.  But the second house was a day of new beginnings – an expression of God’s grace and goodness.  An opportunity to reestablish the former days – not with the material pride, but with the spiritual passion.

Is This Just Limited to Old Guys in the Old Testament?
I never built a temple, but I know the feeling of the Day of the Second House.  I know what it’s like to feel like the “first house” was destroyed, and there was no one to blame but me.  I know what it’s like to have virtual foreigners extend God’s grace to me and offer me a day of new beginnings.  I know what it’s like to mourn the losses of the first house, yet glory in what God is doing in the new day.  And I’m here to tell you, the same can be true of you.

Okay, so you lost your career.  Get teachable and gird up!  You may well soon see the Day of the Second House.

Yes, I know you screwed up.  Badly.  So call it what it is.  You sinned.  You may have hurt a lot of people you care about, including yourself.  Before you consign yourself to oblivion or an ash heap, why don’t you let God decide your future?

I’m sorry you were ambushed by rejection, pain, or disappointment.  Maybe you think you deserved it, maybe you don’t.  Doesn’t matter.  What does matter is where you will go from here.  Maybe it’s time to walk away from your victimhood and pick up a hammer and a new set of plans.  Maybe it’s time to start building your Second House.

Two Components
There were two components to Israel’s Second House season, as there are for yours.  Zerubbabel was the governor and builder.  He took care of the outward, visible part.  Joshua was the high priest.  He was responsible for the inner, spiritual part.  The Day of the Second House requires both.  The outward part has to do with marriages, ministries, money, careers, and outward actions.  The inner part has to do with character, integrity, faithfulness, courage, passion, pure motives, and strength.

Many of us are so anxious to get the exterior, tangible part completed that we neglect the inner part.  God has other ideas, and He’s pretty serious about it.  Give Him time to do the inner work.  If you’re like me, the Second House will never get here as fast as you want it to.  But it will get here when God says you’re ready.

Is This YOUR Time?
If you’re living somewhere between a happy memory and a hopeful future, you may soon see a Day of the Second House.

It’s time to believe in a Second House for you or your fellowship/congregation.

It’s time to offer Second House opportunities for people you know who have been crushed by life – their own or somebody else’s.

It’s time to allow the consuming fire of God’s purity and love to do the inner work necessary to transform the outward circumstances.

I believe – passionately – that a Day of the Second House is coming.  For churches.  For individuals.  And maybe even for you.

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Mama September 24, 2008 at 5:51 am

Thanks be to God for the second chances.

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