(Below is the first of three parts of a writing assignment I had before graduation. I hope it is a blessing.)
I will. Though only two small words, “I will” can hold a significant impact on one’s life, for “I will” indicates that a resolution is being made. I found it interesting, in searching the Bible, to see where an individual said publicly, “I will ____” or “I will not ___” (fill in the blank). Below are just a few examples:
ABRAHAM’S CHIEF SERVANT, ELIEZER OF DAMASCUS – After being invited into the house by Laban, Rebekah’s brother, he is given food to eat:
Genesis 24:33 – “…I will not eat, until I have told mine errand…”
Even though this man was no doubt famished from his journey, he would not eat until he had finished the task that his master had given him! This shows Eliezer’s dependability!
MOSES – The day after Aaron had made the golden calf for the children of Israel to worship, we find Moses telling the people:
Exodus 32:20 – “…I will go up unto the LORD; peradventure I shall make an atonement for your sin.”
Although Moses had nothing to do with this sin, he resolved to go to God on their behalf to seek forgiveness for them. That depicts true love!
GIDEON – After Gideon had slain the two kings of Midian, we find the men of Israel say to him:
Judges 8:22-23 “…Rule thou over us, both thou, and thy son, and thy son’s son also: for thou hast delivered us from the hand of Midian. And Gideon said unto them, I will not rule over you, neither shall my son rule over you: the LORD shall rule over you.”
Here was Gideon’s chance to “be somebody”. They wanted him as their ruler! But, instead of grabbing at the chance, as most people would have done, Gideon, in humility, refused. His eyes, obviously, were not on himself but on his God!
And the list could go on. Be aware that these people did not just “say words” but rather acted upon them. The need for men and women of God that will take a stand for God and right is still relevant today! Can we be counted upon?
“Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong.” I Corinthians 16:13
~ Bethany ~