Monday, February 15, 2010

Saturday 2-13-10

Isaiah 10:15  "Shall the axe boast itself against him that heweth therewith? or shall the saw magnify itself against him that shaketh it? as if the rod should shake itself against them that lift it up, or as if the staff should lift up itself, as if it were no wood."

Just moments before reading this verse I began to think about how when I teach from the bible or I proclaim God's word in any way. I am not just proclaiming something from a ordinary book, I'm not giving my opinion on something, I am proclaiming THE WORD of God. I stopped and thought about that for a second.. "The Word of God" What a claim to make, that the bible is "The word of God". Yet it is true, and how blessed I am to have it in my own language, in so many versions (most of which I wouldn't care to read.. but still), and in so many formats (printed, electronic, audio, ect.). 

As I read this verse humility really jumped out at me. My eyes were opened to look at humility in a new light. Humility is something that should flow from my life, for what power does an ax have if it lays on the ground and no one uses it to chop? or what good is a staff unless one picks it up? Likewise what use is my life unless God works in me and uses me? I have no power to overcome sin on my own, I have no power to read God's word, I have no power to pray, I have no power to serve, I have and am nothing without Christ Jesus. 

So you see humility should not have to be "squeezed" from my life, it should flow freely. For like an ax which is of no use, unless one wieldeth it, so am I of no use with God working in me and using me. It brings to mind what John the Baptist said "He (Jesus Christ) must increase, I must decrease." 

Please pray for David Velke and his family, they've been on my heart this week allot. They will be going to spend six months in Peru and as part of their training missionary training. I am not sure when they are hoping to leave, however there is no doubt some financial need as their family will have to be supported for six months. Please pray that God would provide, guide and protect them.

I thank my God upon every remembrance of you,