Naysayers; August 1, 2017

2 Kings 18:30 “Do not let Hezekiah persuade you to trust in the Lord when he says, ‘The Lord will surely deliver us; this city will not be given into the hand of the king of Assyria.'”

Those who come against people who are following God will even use the name of the Lord in their attacks. Earlier this commander had claimed specifically that the Lord had told him to destroy Judah. (verse 25) That shouldn’t be surprising, when the devil quoted Scripture in his temptation of Jesus. (Luke 4:9-11) This calls for discernment, certainly, but we should neither be conceited nor despairing. Conceit would lead us to insist that only we can hear from God, (when in fact, God will sometimes speak to us through our enemies) while despair would lead us to think we can’t be sure of anything at all, and cut us off from any stability. We are to be aware of God’s many promises of guidance, supply, and everything else we need, and focus on Him in assurance and peace. Frankly, that’s much easier said than done! We are always in the process of spiritual growth; none of us can claim to have arrived. However, like Paul we are to act on what we know from where we are, (Philippians 3:12-14) allowing God to grow us as we choose to follow Him.

This is certainly where we are right now. Those who have spoken against our current plans aren’t our enemies as such, they just have grave reservations about the validity of those plans. I need to hear and act on their concerns without letting their negativity pull the whole thing apart. This is indeed a project that is beyond us, far outside of my experience and expertise, certainly. That’s actually part of my assurance that this is God’s idea, because only He can bring it about. I need to be methodical and not haphazard, checking things off rather than just assuming they will happen. I need to seek out those who have relevant knowledge and experience, but at the same time listen to them through the filter of faith, rather than simply swallowing what they say. The flip side of that is that there are numbers of people who are cheering us on, but they don’t have knowledge or experience either. As I said to begin with, this calls for discernment, so I’ve got to ask God for that. As the song says, β€œHe didn’t bring us this far to leave us.”

Father, thank You for all You continue to do in, around, and through us. Help me not neglect the fruit of the Spirit (which the devil tries to tell us are little things) because of being preoccupied with what needs to be done. Help me remember that the only things I can take with me to heaven are souls, and so focus on drawing as many as possible into Your family, for their salvation and Your glory. Thank You. Hallelujah!


About jgarrott

Born and raised in Japan of missionary parents. Have been here as an adult missionary since 1981.
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One Response to Naysayers; August 1, 2017

  1. Hun. The Truth of GOD is atimes unnerving but it is the only way to HIM.

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