worm: how lowliness can pave the way to greatness

How would you like to be described as worm? I’m guessing it might make you squirm with displeasure, if not anger. Understandably so. Because who among us wants to be associated with a slimy creature that burrows underground, ready to become a bird’s free meal when they dare to surface?

We’d rather be connected to something, well, better connected than a worm. Yet that’s how God addressed Jacob. Though He didn’t stop there. He saw how a slight, squishy invertebrate (or Abraham’s descendents) could, by His grace, become something or someone others would be in awe of. That also holds good for you and me.

“Do not be afraid, you worm Jacob. . . . I will make you into a threshing sledge, new and sharp, with many teeth.” – Isaiah 41:14–15 (NIV)

Lord Jesus,
Can it really be true that you can take us in our beaten, lowly, worm-like state
where the world easily bruises and crushes the life out of our souls, and then
produce a will of iron, a strong constitution of faith from our fragile, scarred
and weakened hearts, making us so much more than the sum of our parts?

Can it really be true that those who barely dare to lift their heads above the
fray can become bold messengers of your grace, speaking firm and brave
as they share a testimony of all you have done for them, all you are more
than willing to do for others, who listen and trust in their faith-filled words?

Oh let it be, my Lord! Let your light shine out laser-bright in our brokenness
as it strobes this earth. Let our hearts not quake but be willing to believe
you can work through wounded people like us, making yourself evident
to those who read or hear our heralding of your wondrous grace and love
© joylenton

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God builds His Kingdom with cracked, broken vessels just like us. He’s not seeking out the successful or well-known, (though some may become that way by His grace) but the small, the lowly and despised, the ones others might not look at twice.

God seeks out the lost and the lonely, the rejected and hurting ones, those who are aware of their urgent need of change and desperate desire for a Saviour. He came for all who can see no way ahead and are at the end of their tether.

Those deemed unworthy by the world are the very ones who He uses to declare His love and redemptive power to others. Those who feel like a lowly worm, less than and not enough are perfectly placed to receive God’s amazing love.

Those deemed unworthy by the world are the very ones God uses to declare His love and redemptive power to others #hope #encouragement #wordsofjoy Click To Tweet

Those who feel they don’t belong and have no significant place are invited in to receive His grace. Those who are damaged through their own wrongdoing are given mercy, forgiveness and hope to start again.

“Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.” – James 4:10 (NIV)

Our willing surrendered yes paves the way to greater Christ-likeness and growth in spiritual maturity. As we trust in God, He makes us strong and fit for purpose, and defeats the enemies before us.

When we bear heavy burdens of sorrow and pain, we are those who Jesus comes closest to in our darkest hour. God will not break a bruised reed or snuff out a faltering candlewick, but nurture it back to strength and vibrancy again. Our lowliness can pave the way to greatness when we trust in Christ.

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“He will not break the bruised reed, nor quench the dimly burning flame. He will encourage the fainthearted, those tempted to despair. He will see full justice given to all who have been wronged.” – Isaiah 42:3 Living Bible (TLB)

8 thoughts on “worm: how lowliness can pave the way to greatness”

  1. Dear Joy,
    Thank you for sharing these precious words today, my friend! In these places of weakness where I am dwelling now, what a great encouragement our Lord’s Words bring! And these words in your prayer-poem touched me so deeply today:

    “Can it really be true that those who barely dare to lift their heads above the
    fray can become bold messengers of your grace,”

    especially because He has been speaking that very word, to come up with Him above the fray, and to watch Him fight the battles! Only God could have seen how this would bring me such confirmation and beauty today. Blessings, love, and hugs to you my dear friend! xoxo

    1. Dear Bettie, oh how exciting to hear that these words are bringing you fresh confirmation of God speaking a similar message to you! I love it when that happens. A moment of holy awe lights up our hearts. Yes, indeed, “only God” can orchestrate these divine messages direct to our souls! And bless us both in the process. Blessings, love and hugs to you, sweet listening friend! xoxo 💜

  2. “God builds His Kingdom with cracked, broken vessels just like us.” Joy, thanks so much for this reminder. Our weakness doesn’t get in God’s way. He works through us even in our brokenness and weakness. All we need is a willing heart to share what He puts on our hearts. We don’t know who might need to hear our very words so it’s important to follow His leading even if we feel afraid or not good enough. Blessings and love and hugs to you, dear Joy! xoxo

    1. Dear Gayl, although I intended to reply sooner, I am grateful for the delay in answering you, because your response hit me afresh today. After a few days when weakness and weariness have imposed more than usual and left me feeling out of sorts, this is just the reminder I need: “Our weakness doesn’t get in God’s way.” So true! And He has proved it to me time and again. I’m honing my “willing heart” so I don’t let discouragement trip me up from being able to listen well to God and share what I hear. In preparing my own post for Beloved Prodigal next week, I have been hidebound to fear and feelings of inadequacy. But your sweet reassurance here was just what I needed to hear. Thank you, lovely friend! Love and hugs to you! xoxo 💜

      1. This makes me very happy, Joy! I love it when we can encourage each other with our words. And God’s timing is just right. 🙂 Love and hugs! xoxo

        1. Oh good, a double blessing! Yes, it is lovely to be the means of helping and encouraging one another. It makes us feel less alone and more like soul companions who are journeying together. When one flags with fatigue, another lifts them up. And when that person is in need of support, then they receive it as well. It’s a beautiful demonstration of the Body of Christ in action as a cohesive whole. Love and hugs to you, dear Gayl! xoxo 😊💜

  3. Thank you for this comforting and needed reminder today, Joy. It’s so amazing how God reaches down to us lowly worms, gives us grace, and even uses us, isn’t it? “Can it really be true that those who barely dare to lift their heads above the fray can become bold messengers of your grace…?” It’s hard to imagine from our side, isn’t it? But God’s loving grace, we can! Love and hugs to you!

    1. Yes, Trudy, it is both comforting and amazing to be recipients of God’s goodness and grace, His mercy, forgiveness and eternal love. We who deserve nothing are given more than we could ever hope or imagine! It’s such a source of wonder to our souls and a stretch for our finite minds to take on board. May we never cease to be awed by it all! Blessings, love and hugs to you, dear friend! xo 😊💜

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