3 And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the Lord.
Yeah, this is what we want to hear. We have come to Jesus out of the miry place. We are astounded at the change of heart, thoughts, attention to scripture, prayer, testimony. We want to tell everyone. Our hearts are full. Surely they will want to hear too. Many of them.
But before long you see the list of friends shrinking. The raised eyebrows. The old pass-times lost. The self-doubt starting to gnaw just a little.
Stop right there. Consider Ruth of Old Testament times. A gentile woman become enamoured of the God of mother-in-law Naomi. True to Naomi. True to a re-patriation trek. True to a new neighbourhood and workmates. True to a kindly older farmer name Boaz. True to a covenant of betrothal and true to a beautiful new baby of hope.
It all seemed like a very small circle of influence. But not in God’s eyes. He cherished the widowed woman turned happy mother. He had enormous hope in her lineage. Her fidelity as an example would inspire many. And she could not see it. Not at all. She just did what she perceived as right each day, and in the counsel of God’s will.
Friend and Believer. You have no idea of your impact in an increasingly darkening world. You meet with unreasonable opposition from total strangers and you cannot see the spiritual battle beneath. Others take special effort to get close to you and to listen. And why?
You have things to say and to demonstrate concerning the Light, the Hope, the Door, the Bread, the Living Water, the Peace, the Joy, the Elder Brother, the Good Shepherd. Listen to that still, small, voice saying, “That one over there. Yeah him. Now. And suggest something like the following…”
But remember the overall logistics are left up to the Lord.