Remember the song from a long time ago, 'I fought the law and the law won'? I am showing my age. When I read about Paul and how he fought against the Lord, I remembered that song. We fight against the Lord's ways but He wins eventually.
Newton, who wrote 'Amazing Grace'' spent a lifetime running from the Lord and eventually became an ambassador for the Lord. After being raised by a godly woman of faith, Newton lost her in death. He joined the English Navy and fought the authorities. He fought against everything that she, his mother, had taught him.
The Lord, through a mighty storm at sea, brought this rebellious man to his knees in repentance and salvation. Fighting against the Lord of the harvest showed Newton just
how much God loved him and how far the Lord was willing to go to bring him, Newton, to redemption and eternal forgiveness.
After being the captain of a slave ship for many years, Newton became an advocate for outlawing slavery in England. Newton was the inspiration of a man named Wilberforce. This man introduced the legislation to the English parliament. It was enacted after the death of Newton but his influence was the driving force behind the new law.
When the Lord has a job for us to do, we often are reluctant to follow His leading. Our resistance can sometimes help us to grow into who He wants us to be. When we learn to
trust Him with our lives, we stand in awe at how He works in and through us. Learning to trust and obey can be a rough road to travel, but the rewards are far beyond what we ever imagined.
Not everyone will make a great and notable difference but the Lord rewards obedience far more than sacrifice and obedience can change the world for Christ's sake.