When others look at us, what do they say? How do they describe us?
I suppose the primary question is whether or not our faith stands out at all. Do they think “believer” first and foremost, or do other things come to mind ahead of that one defining reality? What do they see first, God’s handiwork or our human successes?
This morning I copied verses from a psalm of David, Psalm 71. One verse in particular grabbed me.
Many people are marvels in a positive way. Some are exceedingly smart and wow others because of their brilliance. Others are incredibly talented or artistic. They accomplish wonders with a paintbrush or instrument, designs or constructions. There are those who are tremendous in their ability to captivate an audience, saying people with the power of persuasion. Some marvel with their generosity, others with their strengths.
But all of those achievements direct attention to the people themselves. To their accomplishments. I will be honest – I do not mind receiving some attention for God-given talents.
But, oh to be a marvel because of God’s work in my life!
I stress. I worry. I agitate. But what if I were to simply live a life of rest and trust? What would others say of me? Would I become a marvel whose life pointed to God’s glory?
God IS my strong refuge. He is my rest and my peace. He is my provision and my very life. But I can live a life that does not reflect any of those truths. When I live that way, anything in my life that makes others marvel is human, fallible, and corruptible.
But, if I live a life that does reflect those truths, everything changes. People marvel not at me, but at the work of God in me.
That is my goal, to become a marvel to many because God is my strong refuge!