The story of Judas is a very intriguing one. One that would make any believer wonder, as to how in the world could he have walked with the Son of God day-in and day-out, and still lived life as a thief and died as a betrayer!
Even while he could have been a possible first-hand witness to Zaccheaus’ heart change, and had the front row seat to watch Matthew the tax collector’s life-change (who left all his wealth to follow Jesus), somehow Judas chose not to yield his heart to the gentle nudging of the Spirit.
If you read the book of Daniel, you will notice that an incredible prophetic dream was given to King Nebuchadnezzar, a man who didn’t have any knowledge of the God of Israel! The reason the dream was given to him I believe, was to turn his eyes toward the God of Israel who rules Heaven and Earth!
Here’s the twist to it, though. End of Chapter 2, the King bows before Daniel and says “there is No God like the God of Daniel.” Yet, when we start chapter 3, he has his image of gold set up, for people to bow down to! How quickly man forgets the Majesty of God?!! Don’t we all?
Even then, God in his unending goodness, gave the King an opportunity to see His Glory in the midst of the fire (with Shadrach Meshach and Abednego).
It’s amazing to see how God was continually trying to get the King to turn his eyes toward Heaven. The lengths to which God went, just to turn the heart of ONE SOUL is beyond man’s understanding!
It doesn’t matter if we are Rich or poor, a King or a common man, Known or forgotten. He is reaching out to each and every one of us, just the SAME!
Even in my own life, I can attest to this fact. I clearly remember the season when God was convicting me every side I turned. If I picked up the Bible (to read it just as a duty), scriptures would convict me; If I heard a song, the lines would convict me; If I heard a sermon, it would look like God has been following me all week! But as much as I hate to confess it, through all of this…… I resisted the Holy Spirit.
One morning, just before heading out to college, I’ll never forget the scripture that gripped my heart.
“He who is often rebuked, and hardens his neck, Will suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.” Proverbs 29:1
All along I was experiencing the gentle, loving call of the Father. But that morning, I heard Him as God… God of Heaven and Earth before whom I must stand one day to give an account of my Life. I trembled. I surrendered my life to Christ, and for the first time, truly meant it when I said, “Lord, not my will, but yours be done.”
Whether it was Judas, King Nebuchadnezzar or a simple young girl in the corner of the world, God places the SAME value on each soul. He loves us all just the same. He calls us again and again and again to turn to Him. THE CHOICE however, is ours to make!
“Today if you will hear his voice, do not harden your hearts.” Hebrews 3:15.
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