Good Moring my sweet friends! This is the most beautiful morning!
I saw a show last week about the influence one person can have on a group. The show brought in a group of eight girls and set the stage for bullying. One girl would be unkind and begin to bully another girl who was a little different from the others. Only the two girls knew that it was staged. Then a panel begin to watch with hidden camera to see how the rest of the group responded.
As the bullying began, one or two girls became quiet. It took a little time, but finally one of the uninformed girls began to stand up for the victim of the bullying. Once one girl stood her ground for what was right, then several of the other girls rallied around.
In 2 Samuel, people were rallying around King David and helping him as he had an affair with Bathsheba, and sent orders to have her husband killed. All those who were around David knew what was going on. They were even doing the work at David’s command, for crying out loud! Yet no one had the integrity, and guts, to tell him that what he was doing was wrong.
So God call up Nathan, and told him to go and tell David, to his face, how wrong his actions were, and what God had decided to do about it. Nathan had to go it alone to do what was right.
I can only imagine how Nathan might have felt. David had the authority to kill Nathan for rebuking the King. Yet Nathan feared God more than man. God was trustworthy to the call He gave to Nathan. God equipped him holy boldness to get the job done.
In my own life there have been many times I have seen what was wrong. I was given an opportunity to do the right thing. I am sad to say, that I have not always chosen the right thing. But there are times when, by His grace, I think I got it right.
Several years ago my daughter married a precious godly man. But it was not so easy to say this at first. My daughter married a man of a different race. I searched as hard as I could to find it in scripture where a mixed marriage was wrong; but I could not. Moses married outside of his race, as did Solomon and David. My daughter had married inside of her faith and that was the most important thing to God.
However I live in the deep south, and a mixed marriage can be social death sentence; For yourself and your family. Needing some guidance, I went to a precious woman in my church and ask for wisdom. Her advise to me was, “Show him the love of Christ. That will run him away, or it will change your heart.”
My heart was changed.
Then, because I took a stand for what was right, it became easier for others to love and accept this couple. Still there are some who have difficulty being around a mixed couple. But that is between them and their maker. God gave me the opportunity to give His voice to an unfair social law. What is considered by some, a social Faux Pas became a blessing and a point of ministry.
Here is what I have learned. It is difficult to be the only one taking a stand . But once you have you seen the power of Christ, in a way that would have never be revealed any other way, and the fear is overruled by the joy of obedience.
1) Sometimes we need to be a voice for the victims who are too afraid to speak for themselves.
Proverbs 31:8,9 “Open your mouth for the dumb, for the rights of all the unfortunate. Open your mouth, judge righteously, and defend the rights of the afflicted and needy.
2) When we see unfair and unrighteous acts then God will equip us with the courage, words and actions that we need to take to right the wrong.
Ephesians 4:11,12 “And He gave some as apostles, some as prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ.”
3) We will frequently be called to go it alone, or to be the first one to call out “this is not right”. We are to be the ones who show the love of Christ. When we speak out for the victims we are preparing the way for the Lord to do mighty things in our lives as well as theirs.
Isaiah 40:3 “A voice is calling, ‘Clear the way for the Lord in the wilderness; make smooth in the desert a highway for our God.'”
We are called to be that voice in the wilderness, of this world, to partner with the Lord in preparing a way for Him. We don’t have to do this, we get to do this. He really doesn’t need us. He wants us to participate with Him, so we can see His glory. It is my honor to be a voice, in the wilderness for those who have no voice.
Have you ever had a time in your life that did not work out as you had planned? The first response to God might be, “But Why, God?”.
Several years ago we were planning a wedding for my daughter. About four days before the wedding I was packing the car to go to the town where the wedding was to be held when I received a phone call from my daughter. She was wailing to the point I could hardly understand her. Finally, after a few minutes, I understood, “Michael is dead”.
Michael, my daughter’s cousin, and best friend, who was one of the groomsmen, had been killed in a work related accident.
Four days later,on the same day, in the same town, at the same church, at the same time, with the same group of well-wishers, instead of a wedding, we buried Michael.
Everything in me wanted to cry out to God, “WHY!”. Why Michael, why this day, why now, why, why why?
Some time has passed and I have heard that still quiet voice begin to minister to my wounded heart. One thing I have learned, is that His ways are higher than ours. No matter how much He explains, Why, my mind will never fully understand His explanation, on this side of heaven.
We love and serve an Infinite God, from a Finite position. From where we stand we cannot see all that He sees. Therefore His explanation does not make to sense to us.
Yet He does want us to know that He is so near to us when our hearts are breaking. In this time I did find some questions that He can answer.
1) Where Are You God when all this is going on?
Matthew 28:20 I am with you always, even to the end.
2)How should I respond to this?
James 3:13 & 17 Who among you is wise and understanding? Let him show by his good behavior his deed in the gentelness of wisdom. But wisdom from above is first prue, peaceable, gentle, resonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering without hypocrisy.
3)What do you want me to see or learn in this time?
Matthew 11:29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart and you shall find rest for your souls.
After the loss of Micheal, my daughter waited for two months then quietly, she and her groom, went had a ten minute exchange of vows.
It has taken me a couple of years to feel like I have heard God in this sorrow. I always knew He was there, but it took time to hear Him speak. There are still questions that I have that will have to wait until I get to heaven…Or maybe by the time I see Him and Michael face to face, the Why questions will not matter any more.