I am simply amazed that God wants to use fallen men to accomplish His purposes. The reality that God could command the rocks to cry out His glory ought to be humbling to us. God could deliver His messages and accomplish His purposes in a dozen different ways, but He chooses to use us!
Not only does God choose to use fallen men, sometimes He uses us in spite of us. We are not always the holiest, most submissive people, and yet God in His patience and love allows us to be used. Our failures should disqualify us, but God accomplishes His purposes through us even with our short comings.
Israel failed over and again, And God’s could have thrown them aside multiple times. He even told Moses He was willing to destroy all the people and start over. The fact that God still desires Israel, speaks more of God’s compassion than Israel’s faithfulness. Some of the Israelites may have seen the exile as a sign of God’s weakness or inability, but the exact opposite was true…. It was a sign of theirs.
Israel had failed so much, and was so off track of being the lighthouse to the world God intended them to be, that He allowed a refining to take place. God desired to use Babylon and then Persia to purify Israel, like fire refines silver. Through Isaiah, God declared, “Because I knew that thou art obstinate, and thy neck is an iron sinew, and thy brow brass; I have even from the beginning declared it to thee; before it came to pass I shewed it thee: lest thou shouldest say, Mine idol hath done them, and my graven image, and my molten image, hath commanded them.” They were like “metal” that was hard and obstinate.
For God’s own names sake, He accomplished His purposes in Israel. He allowed Cyrus to rise to power and be used to bring God’s people back after the exile. God used Nebuchadnezzar to destroy the people, and lead many of them captive. God allowed everything to happen for the sole purpose of accomplishing His will and refining Israel to make them useful once again.
When I examine my life, I am grateful for the refining work of God. When God has found sin, deficiencies, obstinance, and worse, He works with compassion and patience to remove the impurities. Whom the Lord loveth, He chasteneth the proverbs say, and I am grateful for the continued work of Grace that is unwilling to allow us to remain in a state that is ineffective for God.
Our purpose is to be a lighthouse to this world. To Glorify God, by pointing others to His greatness, mercy, and truth. When we fail at this purpose, God is patient and gracious to help us get back where we need to be.
If God is working on you, trying to get you back where you need to be, don’t fight Him. Don’t fight the potter…your just the clay. Don’t fight the refiner… He is trying to remove the dross. Don’t fight the fuller… He is attempting to remove the stains. God is patient and longsuffering… He wants you to be useful to Him once again.
Daily Scripture Reading
“That they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is none beside me. I am the LORD, and there is none else.”