“I’m not perfect.”
“I have all kinds of problems.”
“I don’t know the Bible well enough.”
“I have no ability. I don’t have any gifts.”
“I’m just not worthy…”
Well, did you know that….
David’s armor didn’t fit.
John Mark deserted Paul.
Timothy had ulcers.
Hosea’s wife was a prostitute.
Amos’ only training was in the school of fig-tree pruning.
Jacob was a liar.
David had an affair.
Abraham was too old.
David was too young.
Peter was afraid of death.
Lazarus was dead.
John was self-righteous.
Naomi was a widow.
Paul was a persecutor of the church.
Moses was a murderer.
Jonah ran from God’s will.
Miriam was a gossip.
Gideon and Thomas both doubted.
Jeremiah was depressed and suicidal.
Elijah was burned out.
John the Baptist was a loudmouth.
Martha was a worry-wart.
Did I mention that Moses had a short fuse?
So did Peter, Paul – well, lots of folks did.
God doesn’t require a job interview for salvation. He’s our Heavenly Father. He doesn’t check our bank statement or credit rating or our IQ before He uses us. He’s not prejudiced or partial, not judging, grudging, not deaf to our cry, not blind to our need. He knows who we are and what we are and loves us in spite of ourselves.
Satan says, “You’re not worthy”
Jesus says, “So what? I am!”
Satan looks back and sees our mistakes.
God looks back and sees the cross.
There are lots of reasons why God shouldn’t call us. But if we are in love with Him, if we hunger for Him, He’ll use us in spite of who we are, where we’ve been, what we have done, or the fact that we are not perfect!
Jesus says, “Ask, and it shall be given you: seek, and you will find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you; For every one that asks will receive; and he that seeks will find; and to him that knocks it shall be opened” (Matthew 7:7-8)
It is no longer I who lives, but it is Christ who lives in me.
Little by little we are changed by this daily crucifixion of the will. Changed, not like a tornado changes things, but like a grain of sand in an oyster changes things. New graces emerge, new ability to cast all our care upon God, new joy at the success of others, new hope in a God who is good. God is not destroying the will but transforming it so that over a process of time and experience we can freely will what God wills.
-Richard Foster –
Prayer, Finding the Heart’s True Home
- The CROSS Examination :: Place of Surety (thepauls.wordpress.com)
- Book of Romans. (greatriversofhope.wordpress.com)
- “The Forces Of The Universe” ( Romans 8: 38-39, NEB ) by Carley Evans (lambskinny.wordpress.com)
As many of you may know, I love genealogy. Today I found out that my German great-grandfather was a “master weaver” by profession. While doing some research on what that was I stumbled across this poem. I love it – hope you do as well:
The Plan Of The Master Weaver
Our lives are but fine weavings,
That God and we prepare,
Each life becomes a fabric planned
And fashioned in His care.
We may not always see just how
The weavings intertwine,
But we must trust the Master’s hand
And follow His design,
For He can view the pattern
From the upper side,
While we must look from underneath
And trust in Him to guide.
Sometimes a strand of sorrow
Is added to His plan,
And though it’s difficult for us,
We still must understand
That it’s He who fills the shuttle,
It’s He who knows what’s best,
So we must weave in patience
And leave to Him the rest…
Not till the loom is silent
And the shuttles cease to fly
Shall God unroll the canvas
And explain the reason why—
The dark threads are as needed
In the Weaver’s skillful hand
And the threads of gold and silver
In the pattern He has planned.
The engulfing waters threatened me, the deep surrounded me; seaweed was wrapped around my head. To the roots of the mountains I sank down; the earth beneath barred me in forever. But you brought my life up from the pit, O’Lord, my God. When my life was ebbing away, I remembered you, Lord, and my prayer rose to you, to your holy temple. Those who cling to worthless idols forfeit the grace that could be theirs. But I, with a song of thanksgiving, will sacrifice to you. What I have vowed I will make good. Salvation comes from the Lord.
The Pit – those dark places, gloomy hours and crushing trials that come upon every life. To me – the pit should not be viewed as our enemy. Yes, I’ve had a few trials in my lifetime. Prior to my becoming a Christ follower – the trials would paralyze me with fear. Then later, as a young Christian, the trials would knock me down, and they would keep me down for a long periods of time. Now when the trials come – and they do come – they still knock me to my knees – but only momentarily.
Being in the pit should be used as an opportunity to spend time reflecting on who you will listen to – the Lord or the liar. It would be to your benefit to remain teachable during trials – He wants to grow you – He has something he wants to show you. If instead, you turn and run, you will silence the Word of God – and it will be a trial wasted. When you are in that place of darkness – listen to God’s voice. Use the lesson – it is a gift from Him. Don’t become bitter at the hand you have been dealt – become better. His grace is sufficient. For me personally, every pit experience has left me loving God even more than I did before!
Back to Jonah – He had come to a place where he knew he could not help himself – he was in bondage in the pit. When Jonah finally comes to his senses and turns back to God – he gives full credit for his deliverance to God (v.6). Hopeless and helpless – lost – dying – none of us have crawled out of the pit on our own strength or ability. Jonah’s theme – and in fact – the entire theme of the Bible – GOD SAVES. Amen?!
It is a lie that you can shut God out of your life. God’s way is the best way, even when you can’t see it in your circumstances. His desire is not to strip you – but to add to you! If you will trust and follow God’s calling for your life, He will lead you to your highest and your best.