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Extraordinary from the Ordinary #917

For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant, and as a root out of dry ground. He has no form or comeliness; And when we see Him, there is no beauty that we should desire Him. He is despised and rejected by men, a Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him. (Isaiah 53:2-3, NKJV)

God does not measure people on the basis of their outward appearance. Although the world honors and rewards people for their handsome looks, such things matter not to God; He looks on the heart (1 Sam. 16:7). The most normal looking person can do the most extraordinary things. Surely then, we ought to give special attention to beautifying our “inward” person, rather than emphasizing our perishing flesh (2 Cor. 4:16; 1 Pet. 3:3-4). Christ did not draw people to Himself because He was the most handsome man around; Quite the opposite. Nothing about His outward appearance was attractive. Yet, He attracts people of faith unto Himself (regardless of their appearance) because He was lifted up for the sins of the world (Jno. 12:32). God does extraordinary things with what appears ordinary. Though ordinary men and women, the faith of Christians is “the victory that has overcome the world” (1 Jno. 5:4). That’s extraordinary!

The Lord is Great #357

1  Oh, sing to the Lord a new song! Sing to the Lord, all the earth. 2  Sing to the Lord, bless His name; Proclaim the good news of His salvation from day to day. 3  Declare His glory among the nations, His wonders among all peoples. 4  For the Lord is great and greatly to be praised; He is to be feared above all gods. 5  For all the gods of the peoples are idols, But the Lord made the heavens. Honor and majesty are before Him; Strength and beauty are in His sanctuary. (Psalm 96:1-6)

This song of praise and thanksgiving honors the Lord God for His great salvation and wondrous glory among the nations of the earth. He is to be elevated and revered as the Creator who “made the heavens” (v. 5). He is in every way superior to “the gods of the peoples”, fashioned by the art and devise of men. Such idols are mere trinkets that perish, but the Lord God is eternal is majestic glory. His dwelling place is adorned with strength and beauty. God is worthy of your reverent worship and thankful service. To serve any other god is utterly futile.