But they continually mocked the messengers of God, despised His words and scoffed at His prophets, until the wrath of the LORD arose against His people, until there was no remedy. 2 Chronicles 36:16 NAS
Mocked, despised, scoffed are words used to describe the actions of Godís chosen people against His leaders, His word, and His messengers. How is this possible? Sin comes, oftentimes, quietly into our midst. We get comfortable. We get the attitude, ďOh well, they are just like me.Ē We focus on their faults. We forget the importance of their role. We sometimes will become so accustomed to our place, that we find it justifiable to judge Godís leaders. We question His word with the attitude that it really does not pertain to today. ďThatís Old Testament,Ē we will say. Certainly our culture has changed. Our way of thinking is much more advanced than the simplistic mindset of our Jewish roots.
Heed my friend, God takes His word, His leaders and His messengerís very seriously, and so should we. One lesson my earthly father taught me was never to speak harshly against a pastor. He was a pastor of 50 years and he knew the detrimental effects it could have on the church. If you are in a place where you cannot respect the pastor, then itís time for change. Speak with him. Let him know what you are struggling with and why you are struggling. If you cannot come to resolve, then do not stay and tear him and the church down with your words. Be on your way. God may want to bring you into a new season and this may be your test.
Dear Father, Let my words be for building, and not for destruction. Forgive me of every careless word I have ever uttered against your servants, no matter how small the role of servanthood happened to be. May I continually pray for the leaders you have placed in my life and see them with the value and importance that you have placed on the office they operate in. I understand the flow of the blessings as it comes from the head.
In Jesus Name I pray, Amen
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