We Will

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Malachi 1:4 “Whereas Edom saith, We are impoverished, but we will return and build the desolate places; thus saith the LORD of hosts, They shall build, but I will throw down; and they shall call them, The border of wickedness, and, The people against whom the LORD hath indignation for ever.”

There is something about Edom that I like even though God was judging the nation. They said, “We are impoverished, but we will return and build the desolate places;…” They had the grit inside them that would not let their condition be an excuse to sit and do nothing. Edom had the determination inside of them that they would rebuild despite their conditions. It doesn't matter that Malachi was prophesying against this nation for you to have to admire their tenacity and desire to build from where they were.

Those whom God uses the greatest were not those who had the greatest talent, but they were those who did something with what they had in their lives, and God used them. I have watched many with respect and admiration get knocked down over and over again who continue to rise and rebuild from the desolate place of their lives. If you are looking for an easy way to become a great tool for God to use, you will be waiting for the rest of your life for God to use you. There are several observations I would like to point out to you about the verse above.

First, you will always have an excuse not to do something for God. The right conditions will never happen if you are waiting before you do something for God. Excuses are the loser’s reasons for losing, but winners turn the same excuses the loser uses into opportunities for God to help them win.

Second, stop allowing conditions to dictate your actions. Conditions cannot be the determining factor of doing something for God. So you are impoverished, you still can do something with what you have. Actions must never be based on conditions because they will always dictate that you wait for a better time. You must determine that there is no better time for God to show His power through you than “now.”

Third, you must “will” yourself to build. I know it sounds spiritual to say that you can’t do anything without God, and this is true, but you still must have the willpower to do what God wants to help you to do. God is always willing to help you, but He is not going to make you get up from where you are and do something for Him. God always reacts to your action. When you take the first step is when He responds. You are wasting God’s potential power in your life by sitting and waiting for God to do something first. When you will yourself into action is when God steps in and helps.

Fourth, determination is the key to action. These people were determined to rebuild from desolation, and you must be determined to do something for God despite your condition. You will be quick to quit if you don't have determination to do despite the situation your life is in.

Fifth, it takes tenacity and grit to continue despite the hardships you will face. It wasn’t easy to rebuild from desolation, but they did rebuild. My friend, you are going to have to dig deep within yourself to continue when life throws hardships at you. Yes, God will help you, but you must have the tenacity that nothing is going to stop you. Life will have setbacks, but you have to be persistent to continue. God will continue to work in your life as long as you keep on getting up and going despite any setbacks that life sends your way.

Dr. Allen Domelle


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