Friday, August 29, 2008

The Fame of His Name

Proverbs 16:20 (New International Version)
New International Version (NIV)
Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society

20 Whoever gives heed to instruction prospers,
and blessed is he who trusts in the LORD.

I'm late this morning friends. I can only echo Bob Crachit in Charles Dicken's A Christmas Carol, and say that, "I was making rather merry yesterday sir."

It was late last night as I finally sat down with my laptop on my lap, I promptly fell asleep--and woke up at 1.00 a.m. without a thought in my head to write about! Since I can't tell you "Whatever he says," unless he does, I decided to go to bed.

This morning though, I know exactly what to write about so here I am, with a quick word, aided by the considerable talents of Chris Tomlin and his wonderful song, "Famous One."

We sit across from eachother at breakfast each morning, Paul and I, and pray. Over breakfast, he often asks me what I am doing that day. When he incorporates the anticipated events of my day into his prayer, I love it.

Last week there were two meetings in particular that were pretty important. He and I prayed about them, commiting them to the Lord.

At the same time, my Marathon of Biblical Proportions reading schedule had me in the book of Isaiah. I had been reading the prophetic warnings to the people of Israel about not forming alliances with neighbouring nations when they battled their enemies. It was clear that there was a choice to be made, for them and for me: Either trust God or trust your own resources.

I haven't lived this long without learning the smart choice. I know by now that it is wise to do your best work, with all the strength God gives you; then leave the outcome in his hands. But we do need these reminders.

So I went from home and into those situations with freedom and trust. And God answered prayer and blessed the work of my hands with fruitful and successful outcomes.

The funny thing was though, after one of the meetings, when my boss turned to me on the way to the parking lot and said, "Well done Belinda," I smiled and said, "Thank you."

As I drove away, I wished I had thought to say, "Praise God."

I want to be a person who declares the fame of his name. I want to remember to acknowledge the one to whom the credit belongs; The Famous One--Soli Deo Gloria; to God alone be the glory!

Chris Tomlin--take it away...

Psalm 4:8 (New International Version)
New International Version (NIV)
Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society

8 I will lie down and sleep in peace,
for you alone, O LORD,
make me dwell in safety.

1 comment:

Susan said...

Definitely worth waiting for!