Hope for dust and ash!
Verse for Today: Saturday, January 18, 2014
Psalms 113:7 - (The Lord) raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the ash heap.
Dust and ash are substances without any hope or future. No one would expect anything good to come from it. It is unthinkable to convert durst or ash into anything useful. Dust and ash are forgotten by all. Those who dwell in dust and on ash heap do not have any hope. They are a forgotten set of people, rejected, resented and devalued by all around. But the God of hope comes to them to give them a bright future. The poor and needy are received by Him and are made princes and princesses. They are invited to come and become the children of the heavenly King. Their position, prospects and potential are changed when they accept God into their lives. Such transformation is unthinkable without God. When God looks at a person, He always sees what the future will hold rather than what transpired in the past. A person’s usability to God doesn’t depend on his background, but his willingness to submit to God to make him a fit instrument in His hands. God can put hope in all unusable lives through His enabling and equipping. All whom God has used in the past have come from humble background. He fills only the empty vessels. He remolds and redesigns the ruined, broken and shapeless. He took David the forgotten shepherd boy and made a king out of him. He took a schemer like Jacob and made him prince with God. He took a heathen widow like Ruth and made her the great grandmother of Jesus. He took a bunch of ordinary fishermen and made great Apostles out of them. Yes, our God is the God of impossibilities. He brings water and even honey from the rock. In His compassion, He makes the poor to rise from the dust of ruin and meets the needs of those who are on the ash heaps of frustration. He knows all our needs and situations and meets those needs and lifts us up from the dunghills of life. He has enough resources to meet all our physical, financial, spiritual and emotional needs. He always responds to the needy and the poor who go to Him asking for the basic necessities in life.
Dear friend, are you in dust and ash heap of frustration and need today? Are you feeling hopelessness and purposelessness in life and in your situations? Have you been feeling rejection and resentment from all around? Is there a wind of despondency and despair beating brutally against you? Today God comes to tell you that there is hope for you. You should not give up or quit, but should meet God who invites you to give you hope for tomorrow and to meet all your needs. He is bothered whether you have become dust and ash because of your past experiences. He can only see your future if you entrust it with Him to remold. When we become His, our lives will be transformed with His power and enabling to accomplish what He equips us for. Then we become instruments in His hands to do what He wants us to do. So there is no reason for us to become disillusioned because we are rejected and resented as dust and ash by those around us. Let our lives be given to God for His transforming work in us for His glory. He shows pity to us and our situation of dust and ash heap and will pick us up, clean us up and clothe us with His robe of righteousness and dignity. He will carry us in His hands and keep us close to His heart. So we can be rest assured that He can change your situation and make you enjoy your position with Him in perfect fellowship, peace and joy.
Psalms 114:8 - The Lord turned the rock into a pool and the hard rock into springs of water.
Thought for Today
When God puts His power into dust and ash, it becomes a channel of blessings!
Prayer for Today
Dear Lord Jesus: Take and remold me to become an instrument of your love. Amen!
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