One of the things that I do as a part of my “devotional life” (the reading and studying and meditating I do to sustain myself and to provoke myself and to promote growth in my life spiritually) is to read the biographies of great saints who have preceded me. Currently, I am reading a biography on the life & ministry of A.W. Tozer – which has me blessed, convicted, stretched and provoked to humble myself, to pray for all that God has for me… and to utterly surrender myself to the work & person of the Holy Spirit as a part of that process. A couple of days ago, my bible reading had me in the book of Esther, contemplating the familar words of Esther 4:14 ~ “Who knowest whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” In other words, God has placed you where you are, to use you for His glory and for the blessing and the betterment of others. Granted, it takes faith to believe this… but as I look at my own life, I am filled with doubt. Why? Because I see my wretchedness, my unworthiness, my ‘un-faithfulness’. I understand why God has used others – Abraham, Joseph, Moses, David, Elijah & Elisha, Esther & Mordecai… but I can’t see Him using me in any sort of way. Can any of you relate? The Lord met me in this “state of mind” this morning with an encouraging word and it has prompted the following “musing” which I share with you here: It is important for us to understand that while God DOES desire for us to be holy and to live Spirit-filled lives, He DOES NOT expect us to have the faith of Abraham, or to have the heart of David or to possess the same spiritual insights given to the Apostle Paul. After all, what do all these great men of faith have in common? They are all dead. They have gone on to their eternal reward. They lived for God in THEIR generations… and now, it is time for us to live in ours.
The Bible tells us that it is “better to be a living dog than a dead lion” (Ecc.9:4). Do I have a point? Indeed I do, and it’s this: You may wish to be a Moses or a Joshua or a David, but again, they are dead… and you are very much alive – and as such, you can be a witness for the Lord, today! In this, your own generation, give God all your love and devotion.
Let me leave you with a challenge: that you would be determined to make the most of whatever opportunities He brings your way today…and every day. You & I can make a difference in our world today, just as our “Fathers’ in The Faith” made a difference in theirs! (JFO… with a little help and inspiration from A.W. Tozer)
“Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Therefore, let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” (Jesus, Matt. 5:14-16)