I am reminded again of this. I don't know if I am learning it again, or if I am just experiencing the reality of it afresh. Anyway...
How faithful is God! and how fickle is man!
I again realize that I must in obedience witness to His truth, His holiness, and His judgment and great mercy; while realizing that the result is in His mighty hand. I again realize that God does not punch my time-clock, or strive to reach my quota. I am His handmaiden, His watchman. I am His slave, not He mine.
The hearts of men, women and children are in His hand, not mine. These hearts are out of my reach, and yet, God puts them in my path and commands me to touch them. They are a field I walk through, and, not revealing what lies beneath, He commands me to sow the seed, and sometimes, to walk away. Did the seed grow? Did it rot and fertilize the weeds? Did anything happen at all? I must sow in obedience, knowing that sometimes, I will never, in this flesh, know. God knows that this obedience is for the seasoning of His servant, and He may also use this work to produce His fruit.
His ways are much higher than mine, but His word will not go forth without accomplishing that which He desires.
Sow the seed, servant, because your Master commands it.
1 Surely God is good to Israel,
to those who are pure in heart.
2 But as for me, my feet had almost slipped;
I had nearly lost my foothold...
23 Yet I am always with you;
you hold me by my right hand.
24 You guide me with your counsel,
and afterward you will take me into glory.
25 Whom have I in heaven but you?
And earth has nothing I desire besides you.
26 My flesh and my heart may fail,
but God is the strength of my heart
and my portion forever.
27 Those who are far from you will perish;
you destroy all who are unfaithful to you.
28 But as for me, it is good to be near God.
I have made the Sovereign LORD my refuge;
I will tell of all your deeds.
THANKS BE TO GOD!