One of my favorite things about where we live is that we always have a story to tell. We could talk for hours about how God worked in amazing ways. We could tell you of the time God saved me from being launched off of my scooter when I drove over an open manhole. We could tell you how God used a devastating earthquake to open doors for ministry. We could tell you how God saved a man out of Hinduism 6 weeks before his death. We had been sharing the Gospel with him for years. We could go on and on.
I love reading biographies of great men and women of God who the Lord used throughout history. The men and women weren't anything special, but they served an amazing God who changed their lives and them used them in His service.
Psalm 44:1 "We have heard with our ears, O God, our fathers have told us, what work thou didst in their days, in the times of old."
David loved stories, too. He loved hearing how God worked throughout the history of his people. Generation to generation, the stories were passed down. There were stories of battles like the battle of Jericho. There were stories about God parting waters like the Red Sea. There were stories of manna that fed the people in the wilderness. Oh, how David loved those stories! But David longed for more stories of his own. He loved the story of how God defeated the giant Goliath. He loved the story of the time God helped him kill a lion and bear. They were great stories and they were his own testimonies of God's great power working in his life. But David didn't want those stories to be his last stories. He wanted God to work in his life every day! He didn't want stories about David's greatness. He wanted stories about God working in impossible situations so that God would get all the glory!
Psalm 44:6 "For I will not trust in my bow, neither shall my sword save me."
Psalm 44:8 "In God we boast all the day long, and praise thy name for ever. Selah."
Do you have stories of God working in amazing ways? If you aren't faithfully in the battle, your stories will be limited. You will have to keep telling the same story over and over about how God worked 20 years ago. If you want fresh and exciting stories, you will have to quit sitting on the sidelines. People who are in the battle daily will have daily battlefield stories of God's goodness, grace, and glory. People on the sidelines are satisfied with telling other people's stories of how amazing God is. People in the battle daily are encouraged by other people's stories, but they also are zealous about sharing their own stories. They love seeing God work in their lives personally.
I want to be one of those people. I want to be on the battlefield experiencing God doing great things in and through me. I want to be a storyteller with something to say. I want to be able to boast and brag on my God all day long about things He is doing in my life personally.
“Expect great things from God. Attempt great things for God.”― William Carey