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The Macedonian Cliff (Part II)
(2 Corinthians 8:1-5)
The Great I Am is our progress and panacea. The predilection of His power, purposed in His providence, propels us past previous pitfalls. Through it all, the proclivity of God protects us as people of praise, and our patience and prostration, in Him, produces perfection. In all pleasing, pure platforms are prepared, while we as His passionate patients are positioned in Him. The proclamations of prevalent preaching and prophetically planted passages, place us in His perpetual presence. And, for our pitiful kingdom placation and procrastination, we prudently plead for His Pardon for our, self-inflicted, painful paralysis. Yet in Him, we prevail as His prioritized, prized possession.
Because of the continued providence of God, we embrace with thanksgiving, His power and push, ushering us to the edge of the cliff. There is a multiplicity of cliff experiences in life, but God is seeking to walk us to the edge for faith growing episodes. The church at Macedonia was deeply troubled and poor in finances, despite being rich in spirit and generosity. As they marched to the edge of their congregational cliff-experience, instead of crashing to the ground in defeat and dispair, they decided to respond in ministry and remarkable seed sowing. About their Christian character, Paul said “Now I want you to know, dear brothers and sisters,what God in his kindness has done through the churches in Macedonia. 2 They are being tested by many troubles, and they are very poor. But they are also filled with abundant joy, which has overflowed in rich generosity. 3 For I can testify that they gave not only what they could afford, but far more. And they did it of their own free will. 4 They begged us again and again for the privilege of sharing in the gift for the believers in Jerusalem” (2 Corinthians 8:1-5).
As said before, in Deuteronomy 32:11-12, like and eagle, God put Israel on His lofty wings and delivered them to their next destination. The Bible is filled with many Macedonian cliff-like spiritual experiences. Instead of the US fiscal cliff, the people of God can learn from the Damascus cliff of Paul (Acts 9:1-5); The Red Sea cliff of Moses (Exodus 14:10-15); The Jerusalem-destroyed walls & gates cliff of Nehemiah (Nehemiah 1:1-4); The Juniper Tree and run-for-your-life cliff of Elijah ( 1 Kings 19:1-4); The sacrifice-your-son cliff of Abraham and Isaac (Genesis 22:2); The your-son-shall-die cliff of David and Bathsheba (2 Samuel 12:13-14); The walk on water cliff of Peter (Matthew 14:27-31); The Garden of Eden expulsion cliff of Adam and Eve (Genesis 3:22-24); The I-just-want-a-son cliff of Hannah (1 Samuel 1:9-11); The-40-year-wilderness-wandering cliff of Israel (Numbers 32:13; Deuteronomy 2:7); the marry-a-prostitute-cliff of Hosea (Hosea 1:2); and just to name two, The Gethsemane and Place of a Skull cliffs of the Son of God (Matthew 26:39; John 19:17).
What is your spiritual cliff and what will you do when God nudges you off the edge? Like Israel, He will not forsake you, but He does want to see you fly, soar, and dive. Remember, you are the clay In the Potter’s Hands. God has paved a way to save and comfort you today!