Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living ©
The whole assembly became silent as they listened to Barnabas and Paul telling about the miraculous signs and wonders God had done among the Gentiles through them. When they finished, James spoke up: “Brothers, listen to me. Simon has described to us how God at first showed his concern by taking from the Gentiles a people for himself. The words of the prophets are in agreement with this, as it is written:
” `After this I will return
and rebuild David’s fallen tent.
Its ruins I will rebuild,
and I will restore it,
that the remnant of men may seek the Lord,
and all the Gentiles who bear my name,
says the Lord, who does these things’
that have been known for ages.
(Acts 15:12-18 (NIV))
The first time that I read this passage, I missed the implications of this one sentence.
That the remnant of men may seek the Lord!
Perhaps I should use a paraphrased translation.
All the men that are left will seek the Lord!
In other words, those who have rebelled against God will be gone. Only those who are left will be there to worship.
Think about that for a moment. After all that these people will have gone through, they are the ones who will worship, who desire to worship. If they can desire worship after going through all that they must face, how can we desire any less than to worship? It is human nature to do things differently when things are easy and when things are hard. It is my prayer that we, as the Body of Christ in this day and age, do not get complacent and lose our desire to worship.
No matter what we may face, I pray that we will have the strength to be the remnant that will always worship the Lord.