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Jan 14, 2008

Scripture Base:  Isaiah 55:8-9

 “My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord.“And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.  9 For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts. I was reading my Bible this evening and this was the passage.  It is one many a Christian is well known to.  To be honest, I have started to keep a small book of popular verses that are commonly used because I can never remember at the right moment where to find it. It awes me to think that God has thoughts of me.  In the grand scheme of things, I do not feel important to the world and how it operates.  I am not Martin Luther King who “had a dream.”  I am not a great orator such as JFK was when he said, “Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.”  And I am not Rick Hanson who was able to go across my nation of Canada and raise funds for specific causes. I look at these people as heroes; as people I aspire to live my life after.  To be courageous and to stand up for what I believe in regardless of what happens to my personal being; to be able to come up with a wonderful speech that will move a nation or to have it in me to be persistent in pursuing a cause that takes a year or two to flourish and come to pass.  However, God has other plans. Isaiah also said earlier in the passage:  3 “Come to me with your ears wide open.  Listen, and you will find life.  I will make an everlasting covenant with you.  I will give you all the unfailing love I promised to David.  4 See how I used him to display my power among the peoples.  I made him a leader among the nations.  5 You also will command nations you do not know, and peoples unknown to you will come running to obey, because I, the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, have made you glorious.”  (vs. 3-5) The key verse that stood out to me was verse 5 – You also will command nations you do not know, and peoples unknown to you will come running to obey, because I, the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, have made you glorious. Reread that verse again.  I had to.  My first thought was, “I can’t be a leader among the nations!  I wouldn’t even want that much responsibility.  And aside from that, who would want to follow me?”  But then God started to whisper things to me that made me aware that I was already leading nations.  Not in a political way do I lead people, but through the internet, I have become a mentor, moderator, writer, sermon writer for a Minister in Africa and so on.  That’s when I saw that I am already a leader of many nations.  And as honoured as I am to have these positions, it is also a very humbling and heavy burden at times. There is great joy in being a leader when you see the fruits of what you have done come through in people’s lives.  But what God is saying that you will be leaders of nations, does not necessarily mean in a political way. Perhaps you have friends on different continents that look up to you or come to you for advice or wisdom.  Maybe on a chat site sometime you have said something positive that a person there needed to hear and you are not even aware of it.  Remember the song Ivan Parker sings, “Thank you for giving to the Lord.”  It talks about the little things you do that you didn’t take much notice of and how God took it and used it for His glory and to save a soul you may have never known. Never think you are too small, too old, too young, too under-educated and so on.  Keep the faith and remember that your thoughts are not the same as God’s thoughts, nor are your ways the same as God’s ways.  God uses our weaknesses to make His glory shine through us and in us. And it does not matter what you have been through, whether you were a victim of a crime or were the attacker of a crime.  God uses all people, all ages, both genders etc.  The only requirement is that you are available when He comes calling on you.  To be ready, one must be in the Word daily, you must pray and listen daily and be open to read through the lines of some of the things people confide in you.  If anybody comes to you for prayer, advice or other, thank God.  He has chosen you to be His vessel for that person or group of persons.  Be honoured enough to accept His request, but be humble enough to not become prideful in what you do.  For those who lead will be judged even more harshly on the Day of Judgment that you have not lead people astray. Vs. 5 - You also will command nations you do not know, and peoples unknown to you will come running to obey, because I, the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, have made you glorious.” Allow God to make you glorious today. Thank you Father for calling me to be a servant of the Most High God.  Use me to bring glory to Your name and Kingdom today and forthwith. I want to be a leader of nations and I leave the details in Your hands now.  Thank you for calling me today.  In Jesus’ name, Amen
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