Mark 4:3 & 26 – Hearken; Behold, there went out a sower to sow:….&…..So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground;
Allow me to do some name dropping. Smith Wigglesworth, William Branham, Jack Coe, Oral Roberts, T.L. Osborne, A.A. Allen, John G. Lake, William “Daddy Seymour. Do any of those names ring a bell. Let me add to that list. Peter, John, James, Andrew, Thomas, Paul, and their peers. You surely know who some of these are, perhaps all of them. My question to you today is this. What would they say if they entered into our churches today? What would be their attitude towards the so-called pandemic (Covid 19), towards the racial unrest and schism that so few are trying to perpetrate upon so many, towards the political unrest and unjust attitude of so many leaders towards the free people of our nation, and ultimately the people of the world?
I believe their speech and action toward the church of the Lord Jesus would be very much like the speech and action of Elihu toward Job, Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar. When the young man Elihu came on the scene in the Job scenario, he told Job he was angry with him because he had continually sought only to justify himself, and not God. Likewise, he spoke to Job’s friends and told them he was angry with them because they had continually judged Job wrongly. Job and his friends were supposed to be the men of wisdom of their day; the “go-to men” of the hour; the men with all the answers and power to make things happen. But obviously, they were not. Likewise, it should be the leaders of the church of this hour, Christian men in high places who ought to be the true men of wisdom of our day; the “go-to men” of this hour; the men (and women) in places of power and authority who are the leaders and Christians in high places who ought to be able to make things happen. Yet that is obviously not the case.
We hear much talk and few, if any, solutions. We see people with great wealth and power, but little demonstration of either. The “go-to men” of our day seem rather to be the “run-away-from-responsibility” of the hour, who simply want to appear eloquent while fostering little more than fear in the minds of all who hear them. My friend, these things ought not be, any more than they should have been happening to Job. And yet with all the issues Job faced, ultimately the power to change it was in his own hands. And the same is true today. With all the issues the church faces today, pandemic, race, riots, violence, and corruption, the power to ultimately change it all is in the hands of the church. It’s time for the church to awake to righteousness and sin not. More to come.
Manna for Today – Mark 4; Genesis 3:7 & 21; Hebrews 9:22; Psalm 91; Isaiah 54:17; Ephesians 2:10; Deuteronomy 28:1-14; Matthew 24; Luke 17:26; Genesis 6:11; 1 Corinthians 10:13; Job