Thursday: 21st November, 2019
Luke 19:46 Saying unto them, It is written, My house is the house of prayer: but ye have made it a den of thieves.
One meaning of improvisation revolves around making do with what is available. In that regard, the use of a specific device, item or plan during improvisation is not its actual use and thus should be deemed a short term fix, not a replacement.
When Jesus drove the merchants out of the temple, it was because their improvisation had gone too far- to the extent that it had become the new normal. They had forgotten completely that the temple was a place for prayer not a market hence, Jesus’ remark ‘You have MADE it a den of thieves’. One use of the temple for commercial purposes and they thought that’s how we are going to use this place henceforth.
From the moment that transformation took place in their thought, be it consciously or not, the temple lost its true value in their eyes. The same applies to our lives: whenever we identify an improvisation that works, we tend to forget about the original matter. We continually seek for short term solutions ignoring the fact that these won’t last. In fact, it becomes as though there was never an original set up- no starting point prior to our makeshift solution.
Sweetheart, just because you become preoccupied with an improvisation that seems to work does not mean you forget the true value of people or the things around you.
Improvisations are meant for short term fixes.