Looking up, letting go - Day 9


When I read Psalm 8 & 24, I can’t help but be amazed at the magnificence of God: “How majestic is your name in all the earth!”

“King of glory…Lord Almighty…” David’s heart seems to burst with praise at the greatness of God:

“The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it; for He founded it upon the seas and established it upon the waters...The Lord, strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle.”

And then, in awestruck wonder, he reflects on the grandeur of His God and how relatively insignificant we are in that context:

“When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him...?”

It is in this place of humility, the place where we believe we are nothing without God’s gift of grace, it is here we recognize the magnitude of what God has done for us: “who may ascend the hill of the Lord? Who may stand in His holy place?”

Through Jesus, “…crowned with glory and honor, ruler over the works of God’s hands where everything has been put under His feet,” we get to stand in His holy place!

“…Because of His great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions- it is by grace (we) have been saved” (Ephesians 2:4,5).

This past week we have been reminded of many truths about our God. When we seek Him, He will be found. With His power, His might and through His victory over death, we are to do battle against the devil and take back what belongs to God. He wants His people to know Him, and He wants to use you and I to bring this about.

At the end, when we are swept up to be with Jesus, are we really willing to see some people missing? On the one hand, I fully embrace the salvation of others on a global scale as one of my chief duties. I believe in missions, ministries, church and outreach. But at the same time, I hold an apathetic, resigned view towards the salvation of those with whom I am most close -  my parents, my siblings, my dearest friends. But in God’s goodness, the Spirit convicts me: “I saved you. Who are you that I should be mindful of you? Yet I will tell you: You are precious to me, my child. A princess of the King of glory.” And this He says not only to me, but to everyone.

I don’t know who was praying for my salvation 24 years ago, but somebody was faithful. Someone cared enough…and in their obedience, I have been given the priceless gift of life. For whom has God called you to pray? What act of love has gone undone? Is the life of another so dispensable? Never! So “Go…!” Bring life to the dead.

Father God, we pray for our friends, our family members, the coffee guy, the grocery clerk, the shopkeeper...Lord each one you have intentionally put across our paths. Empower us Oh God, to see them as you do and to express your perfect love, that they might be drawn into the kingdom. Lord, you do not want “anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance,” (2 Peter 3:9).

 - Rina Carbol