The weatherman was calling for 20 percent chance of snow tonight as I drove to the Christian County Jail, it seemed clear enough and didn’t give it another thought. As I arrived, the other minister came through the door. Carla was ready to go. There were 29 ladies who made the choice to come to church and 29 opportunities for God to change their lives.
After some much needed praise and worship the room was primed and ready to receive the living water. There was a song we heard tonight I had never heard before; it was a song by the Gaither Vocal Band and the African Children’s Choir. It’s called Love can turn the world. The chorus goes like this: “If coal can turn to diamonds, and sand can turn to pearls, if a worm can turn into a butterfly, then love can turn the world.” God is love and love is what changes us.
The message God laid on my heart to share was about the reason why we don’t have victory in our life is because of unbelief. That was the same problem the children of Israel had after seeing the giants in the land that God had given to them. They didn’t believe God because if they did, they wouldn’t have wandered around for 40 years.
Furthermore, truth has consequences whether good or bad. In the story of King David, he had a consequence to pay after he slept with Bathsheba and had her husband, Uriah, killed in battle to cover up his sin. 2 Sam. 12 tells the story of when God sent Nathan to David to confront him about the situation; using a parable. When David heard the story of the rich man taking the poor mans’ little pet ewe lamb to kill and eat, his anger burned greatly against the man. Then Nathan said, “You are the man”. Can you image what it must have been like for Nathan to confront the King? And how scared he must have been especially when David got angry and he had to let him in on the secret.
That’s not all that happened. The best part was when David repented; he changed his mind about what he had done. Nathan said to David, “The Lord also has taken away your sin; you shall not die.” But there was a consequence and that was the baby was going to die.
The whole time I was up there reading and teaching this to the ladies tonight, I knew God was speaking to each and every one of us. We have all been where David was and there is hope, there is a way out of how terrible it makes us feel when we sin against God and Him only. Read in Psalms 51 how David praises God for who He is and then pleads for his transgressions to be blotted out. God can do anything He wants to do and when He wants to do it. In the end it’s about restoring to us the joy of HIS salvation. And in verse 12 it says, and sustain me with a willing spirit. Are we willing? God can use us when we are pliable, moveable, having a broken spirit, and a contrite heart.
In addition I believe everything that happens to us, around us or nearby, is to reconcile others to Him. Our fruit is for other people, God is the one who produces our fruit, and we just bear the fruit. God is into reconciliation and He does that in us, through us.
I was willing to do that, as we received some notes to talk after church, except when we walked Carla to her car, and saw the big fat snow flakes covering the cars, grass and streets. I guess that 20 percent turned into 100 percent and that was good enough for Joyce and me to get home safely. We left shortly after that and put the girls on hold for another date. They didn’t mind because they wanted us to have a safe trip home.
Written by Tracey