Thursday, February 11, 2016

Believing Upon the Word Planted Deep Within

“Coastlands, listen to me;
distant peoples, pay attention.
The Lord called me before I was born.
He named me while I was in my mother’s womb.
He made my words like a sharp sword;
He hid me in the shadow of His hand.
He made me like a sharpened arrow;
He hid me in His quiver.
— Isaiah 49:1-2 (HCSB)
THE Lord calls forth potential sunk deeply within each of us; deep within each one he has sowed something so precious, and it’s for each of us to determine what that pearl is.
He has called with an ancient calling into each of our souls, before we were even materially possible; within the genome of our priceless humanity.
Before we ever were, there, fully constructed, and therefore fully known, were each of us; what we stood for, what we were capable of, and for what difference we were made for.
Our calling is an echo reverberating back and forth through eternity.  Our words are sharp swords; they have effect as we speak them, whether audibly, written, enacted or promised.
Because our calling aligns to the perfect equation of God’s will, we exist and persist under the copious expanses of God’s protection.  We’re upheld as if by invisible hands.
Calling is a sharpened arrow, poised in the quiver, ready to be retrieved and set in the bow.  All the planning from eternity ground has been readied.  The equipment is ready for the warrior and the warrior is steady, ready for use.  The arrow need only be plucked from the quiver, set in the bow, and fired.  That is our real execution, and it’s only a matter of time.
God has laden within each of us a groundswell of potential for his Kingdom.
With faith our potential explodes, out of the bow, and through the air our arrow goes.
We’re fling forth toward our target, and God wills it that we hit the mark.  Many of us stress we’ll miss the mark, but if we trust the preparation and the purpose, we won’t miss what God intends we hit.
We cannot fail in hitting the mark God has destined us to hit, if we’re diligent, determined, and driven within bounds to succeed.
God has his Kingdom to build, and God is always less desperate to forge the way than we think he is.  The Lord teaches us patience, for his time.  The Lord teaches us discernment, so we won’t be too confused and discouraged.  The Lord teaches us courage, for going his way.  And yet, only the Lord can do these things.
Made for a purpose, made for a reason, ensure you’re ready, for the hour of God’s season.
God can only do what he wanted to do through you, through you.  Only you can do it.
© 2016 Steve Wickham.

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