Friday, November 16, 2012
Don't shoot the messenger
Friday, the end of a week with the Sabbath week end ahead. There is much on my spirit today. What I had planned to write I sense must wait so it will wait. There is much going on throughout the world, all the pieces of a complex puzzle are being put into place quickly, and when in place all hell will break loose. I mean that in a literal sense. There are many sounding a warning but few listening.
You know, the more things change the more they stay the same. Throughout Biblical history God sent prophets to warn of impending judgment, judgment that always came as a result of the lifestyles of the people involved. And throughout that history those prophets were mocked, ridiculed, persecuted, and killed. Even the religious leaders would not accept the warnings and in fact often were the instigators of the persecutions.
So it is today. There are many who are enamored with their positions of respect as pastors or spiritual leaders, who so enjoy the adulations of those they are responsible to lead and are caught up in pride regarding their importance in the eyes of others. The problem is pride blinds the eyes and they close their ears to the truth, interpreting it as attacks on the honor they don’t realize no longer exists. Threatened with exposure they react, not even understanding why. How we forget that God requires humility, that God hates pride, that until we bow down in submission we are worthless for His use.
Will the clay say to the Potter “I don’t want to be what you are forming”? Unfortunately, these days the clay is taking charge and trying to mold itself into an image God did not desire. One of the ten commandments is "You shall have no other gods before me. 4 "You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below.” What many do not understand is that the most common idol, the god we serve before we serve our creator, is ourselves. We put our will before God’s every time we choose to do what we want, knowing it will not please God. When we do that we are rebelling against the potter.