Not In Vain

Tuesday, February 22, 2005   6:30 p.m.

Dear Diary,

Have you ever felt like you failed?  I’m sure that all of us have felt that way at one time or another.  Amy Carmichael’s devotional called Whispers of His Power talked about an Egyptian King who lived in 1350 B. C.  This Egyptian King believed in One God and tried to introduce the belief of One God to his people, but he failed.  When he died, he was so hated by his people that all his records were thrown on a rubbish heap.  But hundreds of years later these records were found and used to prove parts of the Bible that before were considered impossible.  “So God used ‘a failure’ to help to do one of the greatest things that can be done – establish faith in His Book.  That King [was] Akh Naten ” (Amy Carmichael, Whispers of His Power, p.46).  No matter what we feel we failed at, if it was done for God, He takes it and writes “Not in Vain” over it. Isaiah 55:11 says, “So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.”  Amy Carmichael wrote, “[God] never wastes the lives of His servants.Their very failures are gathered up and used.  Even when we feel we have failed, God writes ‘Not in Vain’ over everything we have tried to do in His name.” (Whispers of HIs Power, p.46).

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