Tuesday, March 12th, 2013
Everyday Heroes (Part 3)
So the Lord's anger was aroused against Israel, and He made them wander in the wilderness forty years, until all the generation that had done evil in the Sight of the Lord was gone.
Numbers 32:13 (NKJV)
Unless I see in His Hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and put my hand into His Side, I will not believe.
John 20:25 (NKJV)
'Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry out against it; for their wickedness has come up before Me.' But Jonah arose to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord.
Jonah 1:2-3 (NKJV)
Then Gideon said to God, 'Do not be angry with me, but let me speak just once more: Let me test, I pray, just once more with the fleece.'
Judges 6:39 (NKJV)
Ah, Lord God! Behold, I cannot speak, for I am a youth.
Jeremiah 1:6 (NKJV)
Everyday heroes act uncommonly good in common situations. Everyday heroes are responders, but some people respond more slowly than others.
How slowly? Forty years passed before the children of Israel learned to act uncommonly good. For Thomas, it was eight days. For Jonah, it was three. For Gideon, it was one. For Jeremiah, it was a moment's hesitation.
Then what happened? They did the right thing. They believed God and followed His destiny for them. Each Bible hero became a star in Earth's history--and surely a light in Heaven above.
Here's the thing: we serve a God of infinite understanding, a God of second chances, a God of patience. When our conscience gets the better of us, we act right--even in a delayed reaction. Our Lord's response? He loves us nonetheless. It's better to be a late responder than to never respond at all.
That's surely my own story. Responding to Christ at 51 is 'late' by most standards. Looking back, the timing seems perfect.
Because following Jesus is a process. The more we try, the closer we get. The closer we get, the better we become. The better we become, the more we look like Christ.
'But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord' (2 Corinthians 3:18).
Being a responder (even a late one) is a requirement for godly success.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Everyday Heroes series.