Devotion

An Authentic Voice

by Greg Laurie on Oct 9, 2020
The eyes of the LORD search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.
—2 Chronicles 16:9
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The term “know-it-all” usually has negative connotations. But Jesus literally is a know-it-all because He’s omniscient, which means all-knowing.

Jesus knows everything, yet He made himself vulnerable and open during His earthly ministry. For instance, He reached out to the woman at the well in Samaria, and she ended up believing as a result.

He engaged her in conversation, and after she realized that He knew everything about her, she “left her water jar beside the well and ran back to the village, telling everyone, ‘Come and see a man who told me everything I ever did! Could he possibly be the Messiah?’” (John 4:28–29 NLT).

So the people from the village went to see Him. Why? Because she was an authentic voice. Everyone knew her story. She was infamous for her immorality, so when she talked about Jesus, people had to take notice.

Sometimes we think we have to be perfect to be used by God when it’s actually the very opposite. God seems to go out of His way to choose the most unlikely people to be instruments that He uses. Have you ever noticed that?

God often chooses people who have had a rough life, but they’ve come to trust in Him. And they’re willing to put their lives out there for the Lord to use.

The Bible says, “The eyes of the Lord search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him” (2 Chronicles 16:9 NLT).

Maybe you’re saying, “Well, I don’t have anything to bring to the table.”

Then you’re a perfect candidate. If you pray, “Lord, whatever I have, I give it to you. I offer it to you. Would you use me?” then watch out. I’m confident that God will answer a prayer like that.

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