Luke 19:4 (KJV) 4 And he ran before, and climbed up into a sycomore tree to see him: for he was to pass that way.
Zacchaeus’ smallness didn’t deter him from seeing Jesus. He found a way. He used his mind; He used his legs; he used his strength; he used time; he used the tree; he used knowledge available.
There’s no greater desire and sight than Jesus—wanting Him, “seeing” Him, “finding” Him, knowing Him. And I love the fact that there’s nothing that can stop us from having a personal, loving, saving experience and relationship with Him. There are challenges; there are hurdles; there are deterrents, but God has given us everything we need for life and godliness—especially everything needed for our salvation.
Dear God, thank You for doing everything You can do to save us—even “passing” this earth-way through the person of Your precious Son—our Lord Jesus Who so lovingly and willingly gave His life for us to redeem us from our old, past, lost lives. Help us not to find excuses but to find ways so we will continue drawing nearer to You and experiencing all the glorious changes and blessings of being more intimate with You and being more like You.
2 Samuel 22:33 (KJV) 33 God is my strength and power: and he maketh my way perfect.
God is the unseen power behind our godly changes.
Many of us can change. But God is the real power behind any genuine and lasting positive or godly changes in us. Some may contend that people can change through their will power. Sure; we may have noticed unbelievers who have experienced awesome changes. Some changes may have had lasted. Conclusion: changes can be possible without God. Yes. That’s what the devil wants us to believe. That’s why he leaves others with the appearance of seeming success. That’s until the devil decides to test us above our power to will.
The devil knows our weaknesses. He can wisely predict how much temptations we can handle before we cave in. Our power against his, we’re no match. That’s why we need God to experience victory over him. The devil’s power against God’s power, God is the no-sweat winner – all the time. It doesn’t matter if the devil knows how much we can take – what our limit is, our dependence is on God; His power has no limits – big problem for the devil.
But believers still fail. The devil still succeeds. True. But the problem is not that our God is not powerful; it isn’t that He is not making our way perfect. He is. He is continually working in us to will and do His will, to be transformed into the image of his Son. If the devil succeeds, it’s not that he suddenly became more powerful than God; it’s because we choose not to yield to God and not to avail of His power. That’s unwise. He’s strong. He’s willing. He’s working in us to make us the best we can be. Let’s just be submissive, willing, pliable clays in the masterful hands of our Divine Potter.
Our all-powerful God, we appreciate You so much for patiently, continually, and powerfully working in us to become Christ-like, – in Jesus’ Name, amen.
2 Corinthians 8:11 (KJV) 11 Now therefore perform the doing of it; that as there was a readiness to will, so there may be a performance also out of that which ye have.
There ought to be completion of intentions. People’s desire to do something good, helping provide other people’s needs, being a blessing in any and every way – all these ought to be coupled with corresponding actions. Good intention is better than bad intention or no intention. Having actions but with bad intentions is a mess. Good intentions, plus good actions – that’s more like it.
Good intentions are good but they’re not enough. They’re a good start, but it has to move forward. Good intentions won’t accomplish anything. Dreams have been wasted because they never took steps beyond willingness. How many lives would have been better, how many more beautiful songs would have been written; how many more sicknesses would have been cured; how many wars would have been avoided; how many families would have been thriving; how many countries would be at peace; how many more souls would have been saved if intentions first and foremost were sincere, and if those intentions were followed by the necessary steps to make those intentions a reality?
Dear God, we praise You for working in us both to will and do those things that please You. Help us to work out those godly promptings that we may serve You, Your kingdom, Your people, and Your creation more efficiently, – in Jesus’ Name, amen.