Insignificant to More than Conqueror

Insignificant to Conqueror

Fear not, you worm Jacob, you men of Israel!  I am the one who helps you, declares the Lord; your redeemer is the Holy One of Israel.  Behold, I make you a threshing sledge, new, sharp and having teeth and you shall thresh the mountains and crush them and you shall make the hills like chaff. (Isaiah 41:14-20)

So how do you get from being a worm, seemingly insignificant, to being a threshing sledge, new & sharp and having teeth, a force powerful enough to remove even the greatest obstacles in the way? How do I get from feeble to fierce-hearted? Insignificant to more than conqueror?

How can I, insignificant though I may feel, be more than a conqueror over my doubts and fears, my self-defeating behaviours and others giants and obstacles, the enemy within and without?  How? When? Where? Why?

How?

I am the One who helps you, declares the Lord, your redeemer, the Holy one of Israel.

How? Not by my own strength, but seeing that I have a great BIG God and that with Him all things are possible. He is able, He can do it! Looking to Him, He is bigger than my biggest fears.

When?

When the poor and needy seek water and there is none and their tongue is parched, I the Lord will answer them, I the God of Israel will not forsake them. (v 17)

 When there is none, when I am at the end of my own strength THEN, He will answer.  When human strength is exhausted and only God remains and declares Himself as Redeemer. When I surrender, when I cant do it on my own.  When there is none – then there is God.

Where?

I will open rivers on the bare heights and fountains in the midst of the valleys.  I will make the wilderness a pool of water, and the dry land springs of water.  I will put in the wilderness the cedar, the acacia, the myrtle and the olive.  I will set in the desert the cypress, the plane and the pine together. (v18-19)

Where? In the midst of it all, in the midst of life with all its messiness and seasons. On the bare heights when I am feeling exposed and vulnerable. In the confusing wilderness when I am wondering aimlessly around.  In the dry dessert places that seem monotonous and endless.  There God will come, there God will make us brave, there He will make us fierce-hearted.

Why?

That they may see and know, may consider and understand together, that the hand of the Lord has done this, the Holy One of Israel has created it. (V21)

Why? That the Lord may be seen and glorified through my story.  God uses His people (seemingly insignificant) to show His power & His Strength as a witness that He alone is the Lord who is the Rescuer, the Redeemer. When God provides for me, or places people or circumstances in my way to see me through then I have a story to tell, a hope to share, a God to glorify.

He can make me brave in 2018. On the bare heights, through the wilderness and through the dessert places He can make me more than a conqueror.  He can take even me and turn even me into a fierce-hearted warrior for Him.

 

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