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Proverbs 14:12


Be careful.  We are all tempted and tested in this life.

There is a path before each person that seems right, but it ends in death.
Proverbs 14:12 NLT

http://bible.com/116/pro.14.12.NLT

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Proverbs 20:24


Several other translations set this in the form of a question… how then can man understand his way?

We don’t see the big picture as we live our lives day to day.   We might have plans and keep a fraction of a big picture in our heads as we make decisions, but what we see is only a tiny slice.  For every ripple in the pond we create, we only see or anticipate a couple rings…God sees it all, beginning to end.

We can’t understand why things happen when they do or why good people suffer.  We can’t understand why bad people seem to be rewarded, or why no matter how hard we try, things just don’t seem to work out as we want.

There is some good news though.  We don’t have to understand everything, we’re not even meant to.  There is a measure of relief and freedom in that.

The Lord directs our steps, so why try to understand everything along the way?
Proverbs 20:24 NLT

http://bible.com/116/pro.20.24.NLT

Proverbs 30:1-2

What an honest way to open a prayer!  

There are times I feel just like this…too stupid to be human…totally worn out and tired from life.

And God is there, silent and strong, for me.

He can be there for you too.

The sayings of Agur son of Jakeh contain this message. I am weary, O God; I am weary and worn out, O God. I am too stupid to be human, and I lack common sense.
Proverbs 30:1‭-‬2 NLT

http://bible.com/116/pro.30.1-2.NLT

There are no “bit parts” in God’s eyes!

So last night I was reading something online about scripts and acting, developing characters and whatnot and it must have stewed in my head overnight because this morning my mind was filled with ideas.  (Thank You God!)

When I was in drama in high school, we used to be super disappointed if we auditioned and wound up getting a “bit part”.  These were the parts where you might be called, “woman #5” in the crowd, or “man in black #2”.  If you were really fortunate, this bit part would have 1 or 2 speaking lines in the entire production.  So needless to say, everyone hoped for more than a “bit part”.

So then I got to thinking about the people in the Bible.  We all know the main characters – God, Jesus, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Sarah, Joseph, Mary, etc.  We even know some of the supporting cast like the 12 disciples, the prophets, the Pharisees/Sadducees etc.  But how often to we focus on what “we” would call the “bit parts” like the “thief on the cross #1 and 2” in the book of Luke? (Chapter 23)

To God, “thief on the cross 1 and 2” were pretty important parts.

Just their presence there, being crucified with Jesus, fulfilled another OT prophecy!  That’s a huge thing, to be the fulfillment of prophecy. Isaiah 53:12

Then, add to that, the image that is given with a thief on His right and a thief on His left.  I’m not a biblical scholar and I’m sure I’ll need to put in more research to this, but the immediate image in my mind is Christ on the throne separating the sheep and the goats for judgment.  One is putting Christ down (goat) and the other says, “Please remember me when you get there!” (sheep).  Even at the last hour, knowing death is right around the corner, thief 1 shows no faith or belief, but thief 2 does and Jesus is quick to forgive and grant salvation.  Even in the last hour of life.

Then couple that with the age old debate of whether or not one needs to be baptized in order to be saved.  Well, I don’t think the soldiers took “thief 2” down from the cross so he could be baptized yet at the same time, it doesn’t say anywhere whether or not the thief had been baptized at any point in time.  So after reflecting on this issue,  a person really can’t use it to argue for or against baptism.  Jesus said he would be with Him in paradise.  The thief was under OT laws not NT covenant.  The thief probably, after death, would have gone to the part of “hades” reserved for the righteous (paradise) to await the resurrection.  It shows clearly how the grace of God and faith saved the thief.  After death, it tells of Jesus going down to “hades” so this would hold with the thief being with Him at death under OT law.  Either way, this situation with thief 2 sparks 50 more questions and lots of interesting research!

So these parts at first glance that seem to be “bit parts”, aren’t really “bit parts”.  There wasn’t much speaking but their presence really packs a punch when you get to looking at them.

Do you realize that God knows your name?

Every single testimony by every single believer could be looked at as a “bit part”.  Even Paul.  He could have just been a short mention of a guy who persecuted Christians then had a vision of Jesus and changed his tune, the end.  But that isn’t how Paul played his part right?  Paul wouldn’t be considered a “bit part” in the Bible.  He wrote letter after letter, teaching, warning, giving accounts of what he experienced and what other believers experienced.  Paul’s testimony is part of our Bible.  We read his words and learn from him … still.  That is how Paul served God best, how he played his “bit part”.

Has it hit you yet that God, our awesome and mighty and powerful God, knows your name?

All believers have parts to play.  Some may, at first glance, seem like “bit parts”.  But all, upon further digging, prove to be so much more than what they appear to be.  Mary’s part could be considered a “bit part”.  After all, she was just the girl who gave birth to our Savior, but I think everyone views her as a main character because of the powerful image her presence created.

No matter who you are or where you come from, no matter what hand you are dealt in life, no matter how invisible or insignificant you may feel…there are no “bit parts” in God’s eyes.

If each believer who ever lived, had only one experience, to add to a book to honor God, it would be billions of pages long.

I tried to look up how many believers there were since Jesus walked the earth and not surprising I couldn’t find anything.  But I did find an article that mentioned 70 million Christians martyred for their faith since Jesus walked the earth.  So if even just one page per person martyred was written, that would be an impossibly huge book.

http://www.christiantoday.com/article/70.million.christians.martyred.faith.since.jesus.walked.earth/38403.htm

So just remember:

God knows your name!  Your testimony, your experiences, your very life is worth more than a brief skimming read.  Your presence is powerful and your life is interesting and others will learn from you because God Almighty gave YOU a part to play.

1 Chronicles 16:25

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It is so easy to get caught up in the chaos of day-to-day life that we lose sight of our awesome LORD.

I can’t count the number of times I’m rushing here or there without taking the time to gaze in wonder at one of God’s creations, let alone stop and Praise Him as I should.

Most of us will take the time to look upon a stunning landscape, that’s easy and Praise for Him is natural and easy.  But, sometimes the creations I’m missing are other people, maybe people in need.  Each and every person is no less “stunning” in their complexity and yet how often to do we stop and take the time to Praise our LORD these creations?

There are so many reasons to praise God!  His works of Creation, His Lovingkindness, His Grace, His Mercy, His Justice, His Power, His Glory, His Promises, His Guidance, His Sacrifice, His Truth, His Word, His Son, His Protection, His Security……

The list goes on and on and on…feel free to add to the list in the comments below 🙂