MAKE IT SO LORD
Thus says the Lord of hosts, “In those days ten men as representatives from all the nations will grasp the robe of a Jew, saying let us go with you, for we have heard that God is with you.”(Zech. 8:23)
I have read this many times realizing that it is a personal challenge to live in a way that reveals Christ. I also see it as a promise from God that He will make it obvious that He is with me.
There are so many things that He does that no one else sees. How will they know if I do not tell them? How will I tell them if they do not ask?
Has anyone asked you, “What do you know today, or what is new with you?” Do you have so many things to say that you have a hard time choosing which is best? Well I have been in that situation, and to be honest, I think I fail as often as I succeed. So I need to pray more about handling those situations and maybe respond with, “Let me think about that for a bit.”
I always say, God is good, but perhaps that sounds like a pat answer even though it is of course the truest thing I can say.
Recently in Chapel I was talking to group of men and I said, “You may be thinking that it is easy for me to say that God has good plans for all; one of the men said quickly, it is easy for you to say! It is easy for me to say, because I know it is true. I know it is true from experience. It is true because God says it, but it is truth to my heart because I have experienced His goodness.
I have seen it in good things and in bad things. God is faithful. It is worth taking the time to look at our circumstances and see where God is in the midst of them. He is good, so he does not do evil. Evil happens because there is evil. There is evil because we have free will. There is evil because people are terribly deceived.
We all miss the mark, but we must never ignore the mark. Sometimes a great revelation of Christ is seen when we miss the mark and fix it. I am reminded of a time when I was attempting to learn to hang sheet rock in the days of hammers and nails and not screws. I missed the mark so many times that I was invited to go and do some less skilled labor. I did more damage than I could fix.
I have since learned how to patch the walls but I am still far from a pro. Sometimes we do damage that we think can’t be fixed. Sometimes others do damage that we do not want to forgive. We need to remember that God is a fixer. Doing our part reveals His ability, and could cause someone to ask how we do that. It just depends on how sincere we are in our desire to be a light to this world. The darkness is pretty obvious, but remember, “Light shines in the darkness.” We can do it. All things are possible with God. Being light means we speak the truth. We do not hide. We stand, we do not sit! He is the way, and we know it!