We are starting the year with major challenges. I must say it starts with my disappointment in the body of Christ lately. I see such a lack of maturity in believers who should really know better. I see a spirit of division and slander ravaging a local body. I see young people who are being affected by this division but the adults cant seem to get past their own disappointments to see what they are doing.
I think about David and Saul. David had such a fear of the Lord that he felt convicted that he even cut the hem of Saul's garment. He feared touching the Lord's anointed. David knew God could fulfill His promise to David without him tearing down what God had established with Saul. He waited for God to remove Saul and fulfill the promise. David even mourned the death of Saul and his family. What humility!
My prayers are that we see the evidence of that humility today. That we pray for those in authority and submit to them as unto the Lord even if we dont fully understand what God is doing in them and through them. That we do not divide the body with our words but edify and build up what is lacking. Better for a millstone to be cast around our neck and we be thrown into the sea then to cause one of the little ones to stumble. Little ones are being trampled under foot.
I mourn because I know God has not abandoned us. God is working in our midst if we would only open our eyes. That is why the devil is working so hard to divide us so we can remain powerless and fruitless.
God is doing a deep work but in many I see that disappointment and anger is driving them to a place where we cant do anything but criticize our leaders and question their ability to lead. This shouldnt be! God does not look on our ability or our qualifications to lead. Promotion is from the Lord. God chooses whom He chooses. He doesnt check our credentials to lead. He could care less what our resume looks like. If that were the case, none of the disciples would have qualified. He looks at the heart. David was a shepherd in a field. No degrees, nothing to qualify him to be a king. But God chooses who He chooses. He is God. We must submit to the fact that God is God and we are not.
Lord, give all of us the grace to accept the people you choose to lead us. May we hold up their hands and encourage them to continue to run the race. Lord, we need your help! Help us to believe your report. The one that says Victory!