When our Lord looked at us, He saw not only what we were—He was faithful in seeing what we could become! by Tozer
My youngest daughter Ruth wrote an interesting editorial called “I’m a Failure But that’s Okay”. She mentions how easy it is to mess up in life, as a result we feel so embarrassed. Those moments can totally paralyze us, and waste precious time. What really matters is not how we see ourselves, or how others sees us, but how God sees us.
Tozer said, “When our Lord looked at us, He saw not only what we were—He was faithful in seeing what we could become!” To illustrate “A young preacher introduced himself to the pastor of a great metropolitan church with the words, ‘I am just the pastor of a small church upcountry.’ ‘Son,’ replied the wise minister, ‘there are no small churches.’ And there are no unknown Christians, no insignificant sons of God. “ This young man saw himself as insignificant, but not God. We grieve our Lord by thinking of ourselves as less than we are in the plan of God. In God’s eyes we are important. When our Lord looked at us, He saw not only what we were—He was faithful in seeing what we could become!
In her blog Deborah Fike wrote, “most of us experience severe disappointments on our journeys. Not only does failure give real meaning to our dreams, it also forces us to prioritize what we really want out of life.” Failures are bad only if we allow them to stop us. God want’s us on the move. He has remarkable dreams for His children, like any father should. We might feel like a failure, but that’s okay because God doesn’t. Because He sees what we could become!”
Want to read my daughter’s editorial! Here’s where you could find it: http://truthjusticeandright.wordpress.com/2013/03/
Work, work! Finally the Research paper is completed. If it is accepted, this mean graduation. Study mix with a busy schedule if not always easy. To the young people, do as much of your study when you are young, because life becomes more and more busy as we advance in life. It felt so good when the last word was written. After creating this wonderful world, God stop and ponder the result of His work. A closer illustration for us would be a contractor that delight looking at the house he just finishes after months of firm work. Did the Omnipotent God ( all powerful ) need to rest? Was He exhausted? Obviously not, otherwise He would not be God. He simply stops to look and enjoy His work. Let’s keep in mind that it took place before the Fall on men. The world was still a perfect place, like a clean house before young children come in with dirty feet. Then God turns to speak with Adam. Imagine the honor of having a conversation with the Creator! What God told Adam is astonishing. At this point I will let one of my favorite authors answer, “When God put Adam and Eve in the garden, He did not put them there to sit and look at each other and to hold hands. He said they were to take care of the garden. You remember that—they were given something to do. Some people believe that work is a result of the curse, but that’s not true. The idea is abroad that the man who works is a dupe, and that work is only for fools—but God made us to work.” A.W. Tozer, Wise Words with a Prophetic Edge.
Let’s close our time with these stories
An Indiana pastor during seminary days, said to a farmer, “You should slow down and stop working so hard.” He replied, “Now, preacher, I have worked with farm machinery all my life. I know that it will rust out quicker than it will wear out.
In Oklahoma City I knew a man who worked hard right up to the end of his life. As a matter of fact, he spent the last day of his life in his office and attended two Chambers of Commerce meetings addressing community projects. That night he died in his sleep at the age of one hundred and five! Like the Indiana farmer and his machinery, this man knew that the body will rust out sooner than it will wear out.
As I am appreciating a good Costa Rican café, I felt the desire to keep my blog updated…
How fast we forget God’s help and walk in our own strength. It is easy to depend on God’s strength on a mission trip and yet to operate on our own at home. Let me illustrate what I mean, for many years I have slowly been working on my Master degree. (My motive to work on a degree is simply because I love to study the Word of God and to demonstrate my children the importance of study. Now I stand at the end of my ‘school journey’ facing the task of writing a lengthy paper. Although I like to write, I also find it very demanding. I feel much more comfortable communicating verbally, writing is a different story.
Here I am faced with another mountain in my life, and it would be so easy just to quit. This morning I read a devotion that reminded me that in everything I must depend on Him. This is another moment where I have the opportunity to trust Him. The God who sustained me in Costa Rica and helped me do the impossible, is still there ready to rescue me. I like the words penned 2,500 years ago by the prophet Isaiah, “They will soar on wings like eagles. They will run and won’t become weary. They will walk and won’t grow tired.” (Isaiah 41:31)
Am I feeling weary and tired facing this paper? Believe me, I am. Yet God’s promise is just as available today as it was 2500 years ago. Let me share with you this morning’s devotion from A.W. Tozer, “It is possible to work far beyond the normal strength of the human constitution and yet experience little or no fatigue because the energy for the work has been provided, not by the burning up of human tissue, but by the indwelling Spirit of power. God has provided supernatural energies for supernatural tasks. Our Lord Jesus was able to work with a minimum of weariness because He was a man completely possessed by the Holy Spirit.”
Tozer’s devotion reminded me of how God sustained me during the Costa Rica trip, and that same God wants to help me with the mountain I am facing. Are you facing a mountain now? Don’t let it bring you down, simply come as you are and trust Him. God is still the faithful One!