Our hearts in God’s hands

3 May

Some of us are much too confident in ourselves and our abilities. Others of us have far too little confidence in God and His. Too much confidence in ourselves and our abilities will lead either to pride or disillusionment, too little confidence in God and His will lead to fear, apathy, envy and impatience.

In church planting and evangelism, I am often reminded of my own lack of ability. It’s at times like those it is particularly important I find great hope in God’s sovereignty over the circumstances of my life, even over the hearts of people.

There are many passages throughout the Scripture to turn to in order to find strength in God, but just listen to some of these texts throughout the book of Chronicles that I was encouraged by this morning:

2 Chronicles 29:26, why did Hezekiah’s program of reform succeed so quickly? “And Hezekiah and all the people rejoiced because God had prepared the people, for the thing came about suddenly.”

2 Chronicles 30:10, when Hezekiah called the people of Israel and Judah to come up to Jerusalem to keep the Passover, we read “the hand of God was also on Judah to give them one heart to do what the king and the princes commanded by the Word of the Lord.”

At the same time, people will reject God and His Word and God is using even this to accomplish His great purposes.

2 Chronicles 10:15, “So the king did not listen to the people, for it was a turn of affairs brought about by God that the Lord might fulfill his word, which he spoke by Ahijah…”

If we can only come to grips with the reality that we are instruments in God’s hands and not God himself we will discover great peace and confidence for ministry. Yes, people are fully responsible for their decisions and I am fully responsible to do my best to bring God glory, yet, oh, thank God, the impact of my service is not ultimately dependent on that.

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