This morning, I was thinking about the people in the Bible through whom God spoke and worked, people who were really not the greatest people in their own eyes and most likely, not in the eyes of other people either. Jacob was a deceiver. David had a guy killed so that he could marry the guy’s hot wife. Peter denied Jesus three times during Jesus’ darkest hours. Paul held coats for the Jews that stoned the Christians. There are many examples.
The one that came to mind for me this morning was Moses. Have any of you watched the old epic movie, “The Ten Commandments?” It was really something. One of my favorites when I was a kid. But it put something into my head that just wasn’t true. Moses was no Charlton Heston. No. Not at all. When God came to Moses to tell him that he would lead the Isrealites out of Egypt, Moses argued with God. He said, “Find somebody else! I am not suited for this. I can’t even speak well. Just find somebody better equipped.”
But God insisted on Moses. God insisted to the point that He finally told Moses, you will do this thing and I will have your brother Aaron speak for you so that you don’t have to talk to everyone, and Moses finally gave in.
I have felt like a “less than” person lately. I am not up to the task that God has given me. I can be sweet and wonderful and kind, but there are so many times when old Amy pushes through, and I am selfish, and unkind, and snippy. I don’t want to be like that, but there I am, being like that. Ugh! I hate it.
But God has insisted that I be in this place. So, I have to keep coming back to the fact that this isn’t about me. Or rather, it’s not about my capabilities. God has made it about me. Because He loves me. God has made it about the people around me. Because He loves them. But it is not about our ability or our faithfulness. It is not about other people’s responses to us. It is ALL about God. God’s work in us. God’s ability. God’s faithfulness to finish the work that He started in us. His love for us has no bounds. There are no ends to the lengths that He will go to in order to bring us to that place of complete rest and trust in Him.
So, I am heading into this day, another day, and I have a smile on my face. I may end up in tears. God knows. But I’m here.
And when Old Amy gets in my face and says, “YOU’RE LESS THAN!” I will say, yes, I am. But it’s not me that you need to be concerned about. The One you need to consider is Someone else. The Lord of Hosts is His name.
As for our redeemer, the LORD of hosts is his name, the Holy One of Israel.
Less than????? That’s just me. But through Him…….
37 Nay, in all these things we are MORE THAN conquerors through him that loved us. (Another gem from Romans 8)
I love you all. Hold fast to His promises. He keeps them.