Isaiah 46:9-11. Remember the former things long past,
For I am God, and there is no other;
I am God, and there is no one like Me,
Declaring the end from the beginning,
And from ancient times things which have not been done,
Saying, ‘My purpose will be established,
And I will accomplish all My good pleasure’;
Calling a bird of prey from the east,
The man of My purpose from a far country.
Truly I have spoken; truly I will bring it to pass.
I have planned it, surely I will do it.
Things are prophesied in the Bible to get worse and worse, the antichrist is coming, so I guess we should just hang on and let God do what He is going to do, and trust Him. That would be cool, it would take off all the pressure of feeling like I needed to be responsible and do something.
But then there are verses like this one that makes it very clear that responsible people have a role to play in God’s plans of reclaiming the people on the earth and establishing His kingdom on it.
Ezekiel 22:30-31 I searched for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand in the gap before Me for the land, so that I would not destroy it; but I found no one. Thus I have poured out My indignation on them; I have consumed them with the fire of My wrath; their way I have brought upon their heads,” declares the Lord God.
God looked for someone whom He could work through to save the land, God accomplishes His will through people who are responsible. In this case He couldn’t find anybody, so He destroyed the land, it is obvious that He didn’t want to, but there was no one who was available to work through and that is how God works.
It is very scary to me to be one who steps into that gap and says, ”Here I am, use me”. It is scary to stand before people and teach the Bible and say this is what the Bible says; this is what it means; this is God’s will for you. It is scary, because I could be wrong, but I can’t stay in my recliner all the time. I think I will work as hard as I can and trust God to work through me despite my problems and shortcomings. Scary but exciting, scary but fun, scary but fulfilling.