May 11th, 2020
Uncertainty is just the nest where God can nurture His excellence in us. There is no better foundation on which to build faith, trust, and hope.
Unfortunately, as His fleshly subjects, we are prone to see our faith waver, our trust attempt to turn inward rather than upward, and our hope edge toward despair.
We must in these times embrace His Word and pray with unmitigated fervor for His work to be fulfilled in us, so we might emerge reformed in a greater resemblance to his design for us.
Yet Lord, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we all are the work of your hands.
Isaiah 64:8 (CSB)
When we want to consider what God wants of us, there is never any variation in the core intent.
God seeks willing vessels in his service. He wants formable entities that he can mold and work toward his will. He desires the surrender of our will and our sublimation to His.
Before we convey His Gospel to the lost, preceding our stepping out into any specific ministry, at our rising, as we slumber, in our going out and returning back; He wants our complete and utter dependence on whatever he directs us to.
Where and what may be a complete mystery for us to unravel. At times it leverages the gifts that God’s given to us, or it may call us to do something we have absolutely no idea how to accomplish. This is full and complete reliance in whatever His Spirit leads us to and through.
Pandemics, plagues, war, displacement from job, family, friends none of this goes to waste in the echo structure of the All Mighty.
If we believe the Scripture is the Inspired Word of God, we have zero resistance to accept all good and bad that enters our lives as part of God’s ultimate plan for His Glory and Honor. This is true if multitudes are brought to a relationship with the savior as a result or nothing more than our very compliance to His will is our only sign we can identify as the impact of our surrender.
Our surrender, none the less, has rewards that we never can possibly fathom as He works to achieve all things coming together for good.
We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God, who are called according to his purpose. For those he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, so that he would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And those he predestined, he also called; and those he called, he also justified; and those he justified, he also glorified.
Romans 8:28-30 (CSB)
So many times, we glaze over Romans 8:28. Do we believe it? We should. We absolutely should. But the ensuing two verses after this popular passage are important to us.
God is and has been eternally aware of the turning of our hearts to him. We don’t tend to realize that because we serve an all knowing, all powerful God, he knew us before we ever were known to our parents. He knew what he wanted of us. The where, the when, and the how.
Because of this foreknowledge of us and our relationship with him, with these designs on our lives, he predetermines our path and what we are to be and do.
Most assuredly God allows us free will to seek him or deny him, but in the fact that he is fully aware of everything we can and will do and say, he is modeling our future path as detailed as our next step. God not only seeks to glorify himself through us, but he also seeks to glorify us through his Grace.
The mere fact that we are children of the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords, sheds glory on us His Children.
Thusly, when doubt creeps in, we are called to trust. When shadows fall on our way, he is the light before us and above us. When we can’t see the next turn and the way forward appears to be blocked, he is aware of where we are to go and the means to accomplish it.
We are to be as Isaiah says, just as putty in the hands of the potter. This regardless of whatever enters into our lives. Because regardless of our circumstances, God has us right where he wants us, in his hands.
In His Grace,