'So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.' Romans 9:16
We have just returned from a fabulous meeting in Dublin where we saw 30-40 people (almost half the company) come for prayer. Seven people were baptised in the Holy Spirit and one lad came to Christ.
The following morning I read this verse. It made me feel incredibly humbled. It's not simply because we planned these meetings (willeth); or because our Irish friends put in so much energy (runneth) but because God showed us mercy. His grace and favour were upon us.
I read on and came across these words:
'As he saith also in Osee, I will call them my people, which were not my people; and her beloved, which was not beloved.' Romans 9:25
Again, a wonderful word that spoke so deeply to me. He has called our Irish friends His people, who once didn't belong to Him. He has called me His beloved when once I wasn't loved. What an amazing God we have.
Whatever you do, no matter how busy you are, never forget to come back to Him at the end of it all. He's there waiting. It may be that you're exhausted or have so much on your plate but He is waiting. Waiting to give you that special intimate word that will strike a beautiful chord of worship in your heart.
How often we miss out on these special moments with our Lord because we only come when we have a need, a request or a crisis to bring to Him.
He is worthy of our time and thoughts. There is nothing better than returning to the Master at the end of it all.
'And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name.'
So come, tired and weary Christian. Come with gratitude in your heart for all that the Lord has done in your life. Come and spend time with Him, and let Him speak tenderly to you.