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12/04/2013

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When We're At Our Best


"Perhaps the Lord will act on our behalf, for the Lord is not restrained to save by many or by few" (1 Sam.14:6).

Many years ago, when I was in my in mid twenties, I decided that I wanted to run a marathon. That 26 miles and 385 yards intrigued me so much that I just had to do it. I ran many, many miles to prepare for it, and when the day of the race came, I was in the best physical condition of my life. I knew that to do well, I had to get my body into this condition. This is quite understandable. There are not many things that we do physically in life that require us to get into this form, and we can do many things without training so hard. Very few things are more difficult for Christians to learn than this.... God will exercise His divine sovereignty in the lives of people through things that are both great and small... When we were in Europe this past year, I was astounded at the number of huge and ornate cathedrals there were, and it seemed like we stopped at all of them. People are impressed with these towering cathedrals. They are impressed with the artful creations that that men can make, which took great amounts of money and political influence. I just don't think God is that impressed. The words in today's verse were spoken by Jonathan to his armor-bearer as he was preparing to do battle with the Philistines. He had this great confidence in God that His will would be done whether the army was great or small...Mary expressed it this way: "He has brought down the rulers from their thrones, but has exalted the humble" (Lk.1:52). We may have to be at our physical peak to run a marathon, but not to please God... The part that Christians must play is to love and please our God through our obedience to Him, and not to build towers into the heavens. "Come, let us build for ourselves a tower whose top will reach into heaven, and let us make for ourselves a name...." (Gen.11:4). We know that the Lord did not like that very much. It would be appropriate for me to echo the apostle Paul's words about the condition one must be in to please God. "Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me... For when I am weak, then I am strong" (2 Cor.12:9-10). Just when are we at our best?

Have a great day... Let His light shine through you... Love mark Phil.4:11

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