I have a brother-in-law who has been a carpenter for more than 40 years. His name is Mike, and he’s not just any ordinary carpenter, but he is an excellent, professional carpenter. If you need something done that’s made of wood, he can build it.
Let’s say you wanted a back porch added to your house, so you contracted Mike to build it. He would need to go and look at your house to see exactly what to do, the materials he would need, and the cost and labor to do the job.
When you accept the estimate for doing the work, Mike would arrive early on the day he promised to start the work. The materials would be ordered and arrive early in order to be ready for when the project is to begin. Immediately upon arriving at your house, Mike would begin preparing and clearing the area, digging holes for the posts, measuring and cutting the lumber, and just getting everything ready to begin. As you watched him work, it would be evident that he knew what he was doing. Mike is patient and persistent as he does the work, and you could do nothing less than admire the work of this professional carpenter.
However, let’s suppose that a couple days later you decided that you wanted to help the experienced carpenter do his job. You’ve never built a back porch before, and your only carpentry experience was building a birdhouse when you were in the 5th grade. It would be pretty bad if you took it upon yourself to do some sawing with that powerful Skil saw. Besides, you reason that it is your house, your yard, and your porch. You can do what you want!
Well, the next day Mike returns to see that you have single handedly destroyed the project, wasting lots of time and money that was already put into the work. I can picture Mike just standing there, scratching his head in disbelief. Now what? Does he start over, or give up? What a mess you’ve made!
The Bible says that, when you were saved, God began to do a good work in you (Philippians 1:6). God knows what to do, and He will continue to work in you, not only for your own good, but also for His honor and glory until Jesus comes back. God doesn’t need your counsel or advice. He just wants you to be patient, and don’t mess up what He’s doing in your life. When God is done with you, it will be a project that will bring glory and honor to Him. However, if you take things in your own hands, it will be a mess. Trust the omniscient God as He does a good work in you. You won’t regret it!