I’ve been reading over my private blog from several years ago and I’m just amazed at some of the things I have so quickly forgotten! So from the 2009 archives :)
It is such an exciting time in my life right now:) If feel like jumping up and down and shouting Hurray Hurray!! God has been showing me an awful lot these past few weeks and for that I am grateful.
Tuesday night at BCM, we read Hebrews chapter 11, which to me is the Hall of Faith. It’s a tribute to the runners who ran the race and finished well. But something interesting came to mind as I was reading through it. One comment that was made about the people a for mentioned was “screwups”. However, to me, I see ordinary people who accomplished God sized things.
Sarah was barren. She was not just married and barren, she was old, married and barren. I can understand why she would have laughed when they said she was going to have a baby. She was probably thinking..Lord, I just looked in the mirror this morning and I think I’m past that part of my life. But God blessed her with a baby:)
People thought Noah was a psycho. Who else builds a boat when there hasn’t been any rain in a 120 years? Rahab was just your average “working girl” but she hid the spies at great peril to her own life. God used her and her family. God would do some amazing things in her life. So many times we read the story about the 2 spies but that’s it, we stop there. When really, we should delve deeper. There is a threefold reference to Rahab in the New Testament. It reveals how she became a faithful follower of the Lord. She had been taken from the harlot’s life and placed among the saints in the genealogy of the Savior (Matthew 1:5 where Rachab [kjv] and Rahab [asv], are to be identified as the same person). Her remarkable faith was a sanctifying faith leading her to a pure life and honorable career. As the result of her marriage to Salmon, one of the two spies whom she had saved, who “paid back the life he owed her by a love that was honorable and true,” Rahab became an ancestress in the royal line from which Jesus came as the Saviour of lost souls. “Poor Rahab, the muddy, the defiled, became the fountainhead of the River of the Water of Life which floweth out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.” Her name became sanctified and ennobled, and is worthy of inclusion among many saints. How’s that for God using a “screwup”?
God always uses ordinary people to accomplish God sized things. Samson was blind. David was on the run as a fugitive. Enoch went for a walk and never made it home. Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, and David all subdued kingdoms because of their faith and not because of their strength.
God showed me was how important faith is and how unimportant excuses are. So what is faith? I did some research and this is what I found out. The Greek word for faith is πιστις (pistis-4102). It comes from πειθω (peitho-3982), which means to persuade. In this context, faith is the absolute conviction that a thing is true.
God also told me I have no room for excuses. Moses made excuses, but the funny thing is God used his weakness and made him bold. Bold enough to speak up to Pharaoh. I saw that excuses are really a sin. Because if I make an excuse I’m giving God a reason why something won’t work and that is not having faith that God is big enough to handle it when He is.
So no excuses:) Can’t believe I leave for Nova Scotia in less than 3 weeks!