DEVOTION:Even Today God Is Still Looking For Only One!
Have you ever considered the power and the impact of one righteous person? Have you ever thought of what one faithful to the Lord can do? Have you considered what one prayerful person can do?
In our passage today, God is challenging the prophet Jeremiah to go through the city of Jerusalem to see if he can find one righteous person. And if he finds one, then God will forgive the whole city on account of one person.
There must have been a discussion among the prophets or the people of Judah concerning the imminent destruction of Judah, even the holy city, Jerusalem. This discussion might have been like this: How can God destroy the people who worship His name? In other words, others around the country might have drifted away from the Lord, but there are people in this city who worship and confess the name of the Lord.
In an effort to prove His conclusion concerning the spiritual state of the city of Jerusalem, God gives this challenge to the prophet:
“Go up and down the streets of Jerusalem, look around and consider, search through her squares. If you can find but one person who deals honestly and seeks the truth, I will forgive this city. Jeremiah 5:1
Even as the prophet takes up this challenge, God reminds him that he will hear the people in the city invoking the name of the Lord, but he should not conclude that there are righteous people in the city. And this is why:
Although they say, ‘As surely as the Lord lives,’ still they are swearing falsely.” Jeremiah 5:2
This is not a unique incident concerning the workings of God. There are many other instances that God was looking for one person. To be more accurate, when God is looking or planning to do something, He looks for one person.
- During the time of Noah, God destroyed all mankind, and rescued only one family. Then He started all over again to replenish the earth.
- After that, He chose Abraham in order to build him into a great nation and through him all the peoples of the earth would be blessed. Genesis 12:1-4.
- In order to rescue the nation of Israel and the people of the world of that day from perishing because of famine in the land. God chose Joseph the son of Jacob and sent him ahead of time to Egypt.
- God chose Moses to lead the nation of Israel out of Egypt.
- In the book of Judges, characterized by a cycle of Sin-Punishment- Repentance and Deliverance, God used individuals to rescue Israel from the hands of their enemies.
The point is clear – when He is about to do something, He looks for one person to use.
- There are more incidents in the Bible where God uses one person to make a great impact. Can you list at least five more?
- If God is looking for only one person in order to impact a church, a community, a city, a nation, or the world, what does this say about your potential?
- However, God is not looking for just anyone. He is looking for those who are faithful, Available, and Ready to be used of the Lord. Therefore, if you want to be one of the world changers, you must be faithful, available, and ready to be used by God.
- Last but not the least, here are a few challenges for you:
- Next time you see something that needs to be done in the church, God might be saying to you, I want to use you to make this change.
- If you see something that needs to be done in the city, the nation, the world, your community, or your church, ask yourself this question: Is the Lord calling me to be a difference Maker here?
- Be open and prepared to be used of the Lord to change the lives of others within and without.
Never underestimate your potential in life
God is always looking for only one
If you are faithful and available
You might be the next inline
To be a difference maker
In your church, nation
Community, the city
Even your family
Or the world
EVEN TODAY GOD IS STILL LOOKING FOR ONLY ONE!
Read: Jeremiah 5:1-2
Marked: Jeremiah 5:1
Pastor Shadrack Ruto