Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Saying "No" to Naysayers 1/22/2014 (rp)

"Then Saul said to David, 'You are not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him; for you are but a youth while he has been a warrior from his youth.'” 1 Sam 17:33

Naysayers.  They are so pervasive in our lives, we often times become accustomed to their influence without realizing their impact.  If we were to feel compelled by our love for God to evangelize our neighborhood, someone would inevitably come along side and whisper in our ears about the likelihood of rejection and futility.  If we want to do a great work within the congregation to get us more focused on the things God would have us to do, someone will offer, "We've tried that before and it didn't work."  There is no shortage of those who are all to willing to play the role of "discourager."  They are the first to criticize and the last to offer solutions or help.

Beloved we must be on guard against these influences.  Were we to allow them to convince us to do nothing, the cause of Christ would never be served, we would fail to live up to our commitment and commission and we would cease to be the Lord's church, becoming an organization of people who play church.

David's answer to Saul was to share his experience going against the odds, the fact that God had always been with him and his confidence that he would prevail.  He said, "The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine" 1 Sam 17:37.  You have probably figured out by now that David was just a boy and the Philistine was the 9 ft giant, Goliath.  The rest, as they say, is history.  Let always remember that naysayers will come and go but that we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us.



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