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In the 90’s there was a great show called “Extreme Makeover.” In the show, people who were horrible scarred or damaged would be systematically and amazingly changed to a lovely, and perfected specimen.  The families would meet them in “the big reveal” and be amazed and perplexed at what modern medicine had accomplished.

Long before television aired extreme makeover, God had been accomplishing the same result for eternal purposes in men’s lives. Gideon, Moses, Peter were merely a few of the lives–God transformed to make his nation, a nation of priests and his children, outstanding in the world.  David himself was merely the family sheep nanny–before he became the mighty warrior and king.  Joseph, Rahab, Elijah and Esther each stood out as amazing–simply because they believed God and his purpose for their lives.

God wishes the same for us.  In the midst of this difficult time and chaotic culture–God still calls us to take refuge in him and allow him to lift us up–then, use us to change lives and make things awesome for his sake.  None of the heroes of the Bible ever grasped the scope of their influence; or saw the legacy they left behind.  Still, they remained faithful, and allowed God to work through them all the way to the end of their journey.  If we will simply trust God he will fill our lives with power; and walk us through the chaos and into the eternal.

God Bless You

Hear my cry, O God;
    listen to my prayer.

From the ends of the earth I call to you,
    I call as my heart grows faint;
    lead me to the rock that is higher than I.
For you have been my refuge,
    a strong tower against the foe.

I long to dwell in your tent forever
    and take refuge in the shelter of your wings.[b]
For you, God, have heard my vows;
    you have given me the heritage of those who fear your name.

Increase the days of the king’s life,
    his years for many generations.
May he be enthroned in God’s presence forever;
    appoint your love and faithfulness to protect him.

Then I will ever sing in praise of your name
    and fulfill my vows day after day.