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Can God Count On You?

Psalm 119:112 – I have inclined mine heart to perform thy statutes always, even unto the end.

As I heard these words this week it struck me that these  are the words of someone who is determined and willing to put in the hard work to complete the task. These are the words of someone that you can count on.

We all know people we can count on to be there for us, to listen to us,  to come alongside. We have people listening now and we can count on them. They are faithful to listen and to let us know they are and it means a lot to us. We can count on them and their support and prayers as they come alongside this ministry.

In the Bible, we have examples of people God could count on…..

Abraham

Genesis 18:17-19 – And the Lord said, shall I hide from Abraham that thing which I do; seeing that Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him? For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the Lord, to do justice and judgement; that the Lord may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him.

God had a great deal confidence in Abraham. He knew him inside out. Abraham was sincere and desired to please God. He feared the Lord greatly and obeyed him. God could count on Abraham!!!

Job

Job is a wealthy man living in the land called Uz with his large family and extensive flocks. He is “blameless” and “upright,” always careful to avoid doing evil. (1:1) One day, Satan appears before God in heaven. God tells Satan about Job’s goodness and Satan argues that Job is only good because God has blessed him abundantly. Satan challenges God that, if given permission to punish the man, Job will turn and curse God. God allows Satan to torment Job to test this, but He forbids Satan to take Job’s life in the process.

In the course of one day, Job receives four messages, each bearing news that his livestock, servants, and ten children have all died due to invaders and natural catastrophes. Job tears his clothes and shaves his head in mourning, but he still blesses God in his prayers.

Job 1:22 – In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.

Satan appears in heaven again and God grants him another chance to test Job. This time, Job is afflicted with horrible skin sores. His wife encourages him to curse God and to give up and die, but Job refuses.

Job 2:10 But he said unto her, Thou speakest as one of the foolish women speaketh. What? Shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? In all this did not Job sin with his lips.

I encourage you to read the book of Job but the point I want to make here today is that – Job is an example of faithfulness as he loses everything important to him yet remains faithful to God.

God could count on Job!

Noah, Moses, Mary – God could depend on them!

Can God count on you???? Can God count on me????

  • Can God count on me, to listen to his instructions and do his will?
  • Can God count on me, to be light in this dark world?
  • Can God count on me, to serve in my church and community with my God-given gifts and resources?
  • Can God count on me, to raise our children and grandchildren to love him?
  • Can God count on me, to obey him in every situation at all times no matter the circumstances?

Ask yourself that today – Can God count on me?

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Dust

It was the last night in TZ and the team was heading back from Safari. It was a four-hour trip and we were all very tired. Halfway back, there was a traffic jam in Arusha so our guide decided to go the back roads to Moshi. The back road was Nelson Mandela Highway. It was a road sometimes paved, most times not. We passed the Nelson Mandela University. Very middle-class area in TZ, I thought.

And then he made a left-hand turn and the scenery changed. In an instant, we were on a small dirt road in the middle of a remote village. I grabbed my camera but just as I did I heard the Holy Ghost tell me to take no pictures so I put the camera down. Oh my, people everywhere, dressed every way, animals everywhere. No cars except those trying to get through. Thatch roofs and mud houses. We got about halfway through the village and a young girl was standing on a bridge yelling and pointing at us. She was mad and they said trying to put curses on us. We rolled by on that dirt road leaving clouds of dust and a group of people covered by it – breathing it unavoidable.

And with that realization, it started – the tears. I started crying. Weeping at first but then it turned into streams of tears and didn’t stop until we arrived in Moshi. Believe me…I tried to stop. Believe me…I felt like I was causing discomfort in the van and so I tried. But the Spirit of the Lord had fallen on me and what He allowed me to see on those streets even through my tears and what He allowed me to see of my own soul overwhelmed my heart.

Maybe the love of Jesus starts by not thinking our own dust is more precious than others very lives. Having some respect and love for who they are even if they exist with just the clothes on their back, a goat or two and even if we know they worship a false god. Having some respect and love even if they hate us. Having some respect and love most especially if we are just passing through. I am not sure an unreached people can be reached for the Lord by westerners (missionaries or not) who care more about their own dust (time and their own physical conditions) more than relationships built on love and respect. That takes time and while it can be dusty and dirty is never that intentionally.

One of my thoughts as we rolled through – How can those Tanzanian villagers do so much with so little? How can we Americans do so little with so much? The point of my even writing this down is for my own remembrance, as I have no pictures to show of it. Most people will never see this or care what I write in this blog. I keep my writing fairly private…but I also write it to say this…

LOVE your neighbor…and sometimes that looks like just slowing down.