Yielded and Still
“Be Still, and Know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10
A devotional – Streams in the Desert by L.B. Cowman spoke of God wrestling Jacob to the ground crippling his will to do God’s- coming out weak in the flesh yet confident in the Lord which results in the supernatural walk rather than the natural. (Genesis 32: 24-32).
It spoke to me how God allows us to get to the place of crisis to reveal His strength when we let go of our own. I want so much to let go and let “God be”- and me – a broken vessel for His use.
Dick Woodward was an example of a broken vessel for God’s service -teaching His Word and Truth while paralyzed in the flesh yet mighty in spirit.
When Mary broke the Alabaster jar pouring forth the oil of fragrance anointing Jesus’ head and feet – she gave up what was precious to her to bless her Lord and in turn receive the blessing.
(Matthew 26:6-13, John 12:1-3, Psalm 23:5)
My visitation from the Lord 39 years ago was primarily to show me my pride and how I was seeking glory and a name for myself. The Lord’s mercy was to discipline me and to reveal the enemy who puffs up. His discipline has been going on for years to break my pride such as the examples of Moses, Joseph and David in His Word. (2 Corinthians 12:7)
Could it be He is calling me to service – a broken vessel now with His rein and bridle and yoke upon me? (Matthew 11:30)
I hope so, with all my heart, as I take hold of Him and He takes hold of me, for when I am weak, then I am strong.
(2 Corinthians 12:10)
Resources: Dick Woodward – http://www.minibiblecollege.org/about_mbc/about_the_teacher.php
See: Restored by Grace – doulafaith.org