Does God have a soft spot or a blind side? According to some research I've been doing, it appears He does indeed have a blind side.
If we consider some of the individuals He has used on occasion, we might believe that He is a really lousy judge of people.
Just look at some of the characters He has chosen to use down through history.
David was an adulterer.
Jonah was a chicken who ran away.
Peter was a traitor.
Zacchaeus, an IRS agent, was a thief.
Rahab was a prostitute.
Can you believe that list of losers? Ah, but the good news is coming.
Philip Yancey reminds us of this.
“I have come to know a God whose Son made prodigals the heroes of His stories and the trophies of his ministry.”
Trophies of his ministry …
The absolutely incredible news is this … God takes us as we are, sees what we can be, and then helps bring about that transformation when we allow His hand to guide us, His voice to speak to us, and His light to shine through us.
And the amazing news – God can use anybody, anywhere, anytime.
What have you done?
What are you doing?
Where have you been?
Where are you going?
The answers aren't important. What is important is your response to God’s call. Will you follow Him?
Will you follow Him?
THAT is the ultimate question. In every case listed above, the participant made a radical turn from their wayward life TO the invitation of God. They placed their destinies into the hands of the God of their understanding.
They allowed God!
They allowed God full access to their will and their destinies. They allowed Him to change their direction, their agenda for a day or for a lifetime.
And look what happened.
They all went down in history as heroes – trophies in God’s trophy case as examples of loyalty and obedience.
That is what God wants from each of us - obedience.
And the most encouraging news of all is this … He uses the high and mighty, and he uses the meek and lowly.
Is God a bad judge of character?
Not at all. He takes our bad character and changes and redeems it for His purposes.
If God has a soft spot, it is for one who can be used in His work. He sees our proclivities, our personalities, our innate skill set and He finds worthy work for each of us.
He simply wants every one of us in His trophy case. He wants to put us on display as a recipient of the grace and mercy that is abundantly available to every person – EVERY PERSON!
Does God have a soft spot for you and me?
You bet. He is very, very fond of us.
Please watch this.
Sung by Trophies of Grace
My Prayer for You!
What an amazing thought. You take the low life, the down and out, the rebellious, and the wayward and you use them in amazing ways.
That really is an amazing thought.
I suppose that means you can use the likes of one like me. Do I dare believe that? Can you do something with my life, my past and my present and make a future for me?
Can you God?
I want that more than anything. So, here I come. I come to you asking for all of this redemption stuff and life-change stuff we've been talking about and reading about.
Use me too, God.
P Michael Biggs
One Word at a Time