When God wants something done, he knows exactly what he is looking for in the one he will equip. We can look back through Biblical history and find common, everyday people whom God chose for some focused purpose. Did they ever feel prepared? Probably not! Were they stronger with God? Absolutely!
In today’s reading, God’s chosen one is Cyrus, King of Persia. God knew well in advance who he would employ to bring his people back from exile in Babylon. Interesting to note, this is the only place in the Bible where a Gentile ruler is said to be “anointed.”
In case Cyrus wondered why he was chosen, God’s message is this: “I have equipped you for battle, though you don’t even know me, so all the world from east to west will know there is no other God.” Cyrus was about to play a huge role in the history of the Israelites. God was going to use him to make a statement. I don’t think Cyrus even realized the magnitude of what was happening to him. Prophecy was being fulfilled.
Are you feeling a tug from God on your heart to serve? We often beat ourselves up and think there is no way we can serve. We are so full of excuses. Now, think of what Moses did or what the apostle Paul did. They didn’t do those mighty works because they were so very great themselves. They made history and changed lives because they trusted in God for his power!
We can get ourselves into trouble when we try to forge our own path. If you have ever put a lot of energy into something only to fail, you know the frustration and blow to your self-esteem. It’s so much easier when we trust God’s plans and check in with him first. “What sorrow awaits those who argue with their Creator. Does a clay pot argue with its maker? Does the clay dispute with the one who shapes it, saying, ‘Stop, you’re doing it wrong!’” God’s ways are always best.
It might just be a mindset shift for us. It does us good to remember who God is and what he has done. He will bless our feet just like he did for Cyrus. “I will raise up Cyrus to fulfill my righteous purpose, and I will guide his actions.” We can feel weak and unprepared, but that’s when God’s work is most evident. When there is a righteous purpose, God will find a way. He empowers those who need empowering.
Take some time to listen for God’s voice. What is he empowering you to do today?
Let’s pray … Lord, thank you for how you give me strength when I feel weak. I love when you use me for tasks I feel unprepared to accomplish. Remove the fear and anxiety I feel when I do things outside my comfort zone. Help me to rely on you and your power. May I never question you or what you want me to do. Empower me. In Jesus’ name. Amen.