When we study for ourselves, we find out things about God, we did not know. If we allow the Spirit to teach us and guide us, our understanding and knowledge about how God truly works, grows and increases. If there is one particular scripture that we should be able to quote, it might be, “His ways, are past finding out.” Somewhere along the way, some of us decided, what we thought God could do, or couldn’t do.
I suppose, in His own way, God could not help but grin. He created this old planet, and everything on it, including the humans. And to think, that they could now decide they should tell Him his business. What comes to mind at the moment, is that Satan told someone in the Garden, that they could eat of the tree, they were told not to eat of. He thought he could speak for God; said they wouldn’t surely die, and they would know, what God knew.
Many years back now, I studied. For the first time, I truly began to search the scriptures for myself; I was hungry to know Him more. The way I had once gone about it, had not worked. What others had led me to believe, did not sustain the relationship I desperately needed to have with Jesus Christ. The more I fasted and prayed, the more I sought to be in the Spirit, and the more I desired to follow His leading, the more He taught me. What actually happened, was that I soon became an outsider. Other people, didn’t like it.
One day, I was led to Isaiah 45:5-7; read it for yourself.
“I am the Lord, and there is no other;
There is no God besides Me.
I will gird you, though you have not known Me,
That they may know from the rising of the sun to its setting
That there is none besides Me.
I am the Lord, and there is no other;
I form the light and create darkness,
I make peace and create calamity;
I, the Lord, do all these things,” Isaiah 45:5-7.
I knew that God used recycled people; and realized that He also used damaged, imperfect and less dignified people. Truthfully, I saw Him do it years ago, when I was growing up . He didn’t always choose to use the most talented, those who had the most education, or those who had a pedigree. He used anyone, who would humble themselves before Him; and He anointed them. And for sure, He worked in ways, many of us could not understand; but we saw it.
These are the last days; they just are. Many who were in places where they could carry out His plans, chose to follow their own desires and to please and cater to their own peer group. Today, it’s not the first time that God has gone into the highways and bi-ways, to find people He can use. Most will not remember, that we were told that He was going to do this in the years ahead; and He has. While we continue to look on their outward appearance, God continues to look on their hearts. He resists the proud. We need to sing that old chorus we once sung; “God can do anything, but fail.” Deciding whom God can use in this hour, is simply us, playing God.
~ Robert Blackburn