Wednesday, October 12, 2005
YHWH, I’m Callin’ You Out
God I’m calling You out! Samuel, a child who was conceived by Your blessing, a child who grew up in Your care under the provision of Your Holy Priest. A young man, who you spoke to in an audible voice did not know who you were. You know what that tells me. It tells me that it is by Your will and Your will alone that we are drawn to you. It means that I could walk the streets on a daily basis and scream Your name until I was hoarse but it wouldn’t do me any good unless Your Spirit was at work.
God I’m calling You out! There is no way that I will ever be able to save someone. I’m calling You out do what You said you would do. Draw them God. Use me as a vessel, but you must be the one to draw them. In Eli’s ‘wisdom’, knowing that he had screwed up, knowing that his legacy was to be no more he says, “He is the Lord; let him do what is good in his eyes.” He gives in. In Samuel’s vision God spoke to him concerning Eli. God told Samuel this, “The guilt of Eli’s house will never be atoned for by sacrifice or offering.” What? Eli hears this and lies over like a whipped dog. Was Eli wise, or was he simply a coward. I look to Moses in this situation. Moses, who had the audacity to stand before YHWH and plead for his people, why, when faced with utter damnation, does Eli simply lie down and take it. Provisions had been made by God to take the place of sin. Does God go back on His word? You read the text. Cipher for yourself.
God I’m calling You out! In this give and take relationship with the divine it is our duty to call God out. We have a covenant with the Almighty. That means that we must hold up our end of the deal, but God most definitely must hold up his end of the deal. I will not take NO for an answer! If individuals are drawn by the Holy Spirit, and that is the only way they are drawn, that is the only way that the Lord is ‘revealed’ to them, then I say the Holy Spirit better do His job. If it is true that the Father would have it that all would come to Him, then the Spirit better get to work. I will do mine Lord, but mine depends on You.
May the Glory never be taken! May Ichabod always return home!