Luke 10:20 However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”
On a blustery day, the inside of the car was still warm from taking my 2 youngest kids of at Elementary. Now half-way to drop off my High Schooler, I realized I didn’t have my supply bag for my next scheduled activity. Arriving home to grab it, I noticed the Lord gave me ample time. When I calculated the drive, I shouldn’t have had time to spare. Yet my mind was still in scramble mode from the anticipation of the interruption.
I wondered about this good favor from the Lord, knowing He controls all circumstances. Then I drove right past an old lady about to struggle to fit brush into a trash bag.
I have a habit of praying for someone and then missing the opportunity provided by the Lord. This occasion was no different. Passing her, I remembered praying for her earlier that week. Now I have to deal with me kicking myself for missing out. Lord, please give me a new opportunity.
God’s not out to test me just to see me mess up. He’s teaching me. These mistakes motivate us to get it right next time, and to seek Him more diligently.
I am reminded of Samson, a judge with superhuman strength but a weakness for a woman. He slipped so far off track that he allowed himself to be manipulated, eventually loosing the Spirit of the Lord along with his strength. (Judges 16:20) However, when he repented, and asked God to use him one more time, the Lord did. (Judges 16:28) And He killed more enemies in his death than his life. (Judges 16:30)
In today’s verse, Jesus corrects the perspective of people He used to advance His Kingdom. [Jesus Christ is saying here, “Don’t rejoice in your successful service for Me, but rejoice because of your right relationship with Me.” It is the work that God does through us that counts, not what we do for Him.] – Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest.
As Christians, we can fall into the trap of thinking our worth comes from our works. Yet we are worthy by His name alone. God delights in “bringing many sons to glory” (Hebrews2:10).
Father, thank-You for reaching out to us, on the cross, to restore our broken relationship. It is beyond wonderful that You would call us sons and daughters through Your Son, Jesus. Let us not become disheartened by missed opportunities, but be glad in our relationship with You. Then naturally, our thankful Spirit-filled hearts will overflow supernaturally with living water. ~Amen