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Listen while you read: "Rejoice Ye Pure In Heart"1 (Lyrics)
Proverbs 21:1 – The king's heart is in the hand of the Lord, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will. (KJV)
At my father's mill, a channel ran between the upper log storage pond and the lower pond, where logs could be poled and floated to be sawed. The channel was used only for that simple purpose, and it worked effectively. Periodically, the mill crew would drain the stagnant water to let the ponds dry out and then refresh them.
In a much different way, God empties and cleanses our hearts so that we can be His spiritual channels to the world.
God's sovereignty allows Him to guide and direct people here on earth, from the authoritative powers right down to individual believers whom He has prepared to do His will. He made us to be earthen vessels that are cracked and broken by difficult life experiences, and healed and refreshed by the power of Christ's love, so that His light can shine through our scars, to bless others. When we receive His power and strength, His excellence pours through us. Depending upon His will, the fissures and breaks in our vessels can prepare our hearts for His work. Our weakness is where Christ's light and power shine the brightest. His strength pours blessing outward from us, in rivulets of His mercy and grace toward others.
Our call to God can be, "Make me a blessing to others," knowing that the request is His will. An attitude of gratitude toward our Saviour makes our river of blessing an encouragement to others, to the glory of God. Each day, let's turn a sensitive ear toward God's prompting in our lives to be ready to serve out of love.
Prayer: Dear Lord, we thank You for using our humble earthen vessels as conduits to send Your rivulets of mercy to a lost and dying world, to give it meaning and purpose through Christ. Amen.