There are many people in this world who genuinely want to be used by the Lord for His eternal purposes, but they don’t know what God’s plan is for their life. That is when prayer and stillness is needed the most because when we get quiet in our spirit that is when the Lord will be free to talk to us and lead us onto the best path for our life. In the Old Testament when Elijah wanted to meet with the Lord, he expected an extravagant entrance. The Lord wanted to show Elijah that God is not impressed with hype and to visualize this the Lord first sent a windstorm, then an earthquake and after that a fire, but the Lord was not in any of these. After these demonstrations a still small voice spoke to Elijah and that is how God still speaks today. We don’t have to go to fortunetellers; have tarot cards or our palms read in order to know our future. We just need to go to the One who knows our yesterdays, todays and tomorrow’s because He is our Creator. The Lord knows us better than we know ourselves and when we recognize this fact we should all be quick to call upon Him and ask how we can be used to make a positive impact upon this world. (Psalm 20:6-9) (1 Kings 19:9-13)
The Bible declares in Isaiah 6:8 “…I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.” Anybody can be used by the Lord. Our past does not determine our future and just because we have fallen down doesn’t mean that we can’t rise up better, wiser and stronger than we were before we fell. That is exactly the type of person that God wishes to use. He doesn’t always want the accomplished, the esteemed, the wise or the well able. He seeks the humble in heart who will heed the voice and instruction of the Holy Spirit so that when followed through all of the good that came forth will be to glorify and magnify the goodness of God. One of my favorite Scriptures says exactly this as we read in 1 Corinthians 1:26-29 “For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, that no flesh should glory in His presence.” (Isaiah 30:21) (Isaiah 42:5-10)
I hope this message inspires and challenges your heart to make yourself available to the Lord so that your life’s impact will be felt far longer than you can even think or imagine.
ARE YOU WAITING TO BE CALLED?
Back when the telegraph was the fastest method of long-distance communication, a young man applied for a job as a Morse Code operator. Answering an ad in the newspaper, he went to the office address that was listed.
When he arrived, he entered a large, busy office filled with noise and clatter, including the sound of the telegraph in the background. A sign on the receptionist's counter instructed job applicants to fill out a form and wait until they were summoned to enter the inner office.
The young man filled out his form and sat down with the seven other applicants in the waiting area. After a few minutes, the young man stood up, crossed the room to the door of the inner office, and walked right in.
Naturally the other applicants perked up, wondering what was going on. They muttered among themselves that they hadn't heard any summons yet.
They assumed that the young man who went into the office made a mistake and would be disqualified.
Within a few minutes, however, the employer escorted the young man out of the office and said to the other applicants, “Gentlemen, thank you very much for coming, but the job has just been filled.”
The other applicants began grumbling to each other, and one spoke up saying, “Wait a minute, I don't understand. He was the last to come in, and we never even got a chance to be interviewed. Yet he got the job. That's not fair!”
The employer said, “I'm sorry, but the last several minutes while you've been sitting here, the telegraph has been ticking out the following message in Morse Code: 'If you understand this message, then come right in. The job is yours.' None of you heard it or understood it. This young man did. The job is his.”
We are so busy living in a world that is full of noise and clatter, like that office. People are distracted and unable to hear the still, small voice of God as He speaks in creation, in the Scriptures, and in the life and work of Jesus Christ.
So I ask you, as I ask myself, “Are you listening, or are you waiting to be called? Do you hear the Lord when he speaks to you?”
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Psalm 20:6-9 “Now know I that the LORD saveth his anointed; he will hear him from his holy heaven with the saving strength of his right hand. Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the LORD our God. They are brought down and fallen: but we are risen, and stand upright. Save, LORD: let the king hear us when we call.”
Hebrews 12:1-3 “...Let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the Joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him that endured such contradiction of sinners against Himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.”
Joshua 1:9 “Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.”
Philippians 3:13-14 “Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today's Selected Poem: HARD TIMES
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Today's Selected Testimony: HE HAS A PURPOSE FOR US
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In Christ’s Service,
God’s Work Ministry