‘…all forsook me… but the Lord stood with me…’ 2 Timothy 4:16–17 NKJV
Read these words slowly and carefully: ‘Until I am committed there is a hesitancy, a chance to draw back. But the moment I definitely commit myself, then God moves also and a whole stream of events begin. All manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings, people, and material assistance of which I never dreamed, begin to move towards me.’ So commit yourself! When others refuse to go with you, commitment means going on alone. Daniel dined and prayed alone. Elijah sacrificed and witnessed alone. Jeremiah prophesied and wept alone. Paul said, ‘No one stood with me… all forsook me… but the Lord stood with me and strengthened me… and I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion.’ It’s at the point of commitment, and not before, that God intervenes on our behalf. When the three Hebrew children made a commitment not to bow to the king’s idols, God brought them out of the fiery furnace without even the smell of smoke. Indeed, King Nebuchadnezzar was so impressed that he said, ‘…there is no other god who is able to deliver in this way.’ (Daniel 3:29 NAS) What do you believe God has called you to do with your life? Obey Him. Step out in faith and do it. If you’re afraid, read these words: ‘I’d rather be ashes than dust. I’d rather my spark burn out than that it should be stifled by dry rot. The proper function of my life is to live, not exist. So I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them. I shall use every moment.’
SoulFood: 1 Tim 1–3, John 6:35–51, Ps 127, Pro 24:19–22
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