Gospel Gazette Online
Vol. 13 No. 3 March 2011
Page 5

Puzzles — Is There a Lesson Here?

Tim Childs

Today, puzzles come in many different forms. They have been used through the years to challenge the mind and at times simply for entertainment. Puzzles were first used as a tool for teaching geography around the middle of the 18th century.

Are there any spiritual applications? In God’s family, there are no pieces that do not fit. The puzzle of God’s family is designed, created and arranged by God Himself. Paul wrote, “But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him” (1 Corinthians 12:18). In the puzzle analogy, every piece of the puzzle has a place where it belongs. Just as the pieces of a puzzle are designed to interconnect at a certain place and in just the right way, so the Designer of the Spiritual Family Puzzle has designed us to interconnect in just the right way to avoid being “loose fitting.” No, one piece of the puzzle cannot say to another, “Get away from me, you do not fit, you do not belong in this puzzle.”

Also, who may sit by me in worship? God is a Builder, a Constructor, while Satan works feverishly to destruct and tear the puzzle apart. He loves it when pieces of the puzzle become damaged and lost. You can have a beautiful 500 piece puzzle put together and placed prominently on display, but if just one piece is missing, its glory is diminished. You and I need to be out there searching, allowing God to use us in bringing the pieces for Him to add to His Family Puzzle.

A Word Between Friends

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