Leader: Rejection to Acceptance

Acts 7:35   (KJV)   35 This Moses whom they refused, saying, Who made thee a ruler and a judge? the same did God send to be a ruler and a deliverer by the hand of the angel which appeared to him in the bush.

Moses was rejected His own people, but He was accepted, chosen, called, and sent by God. Forty years after he fled the land of his rejection, he went back and led his people out of slavery, out of cruel bondage. At Moses’ very first attempt to mediate between two of his acts-7-35-leader-rejection-and-acceptancequarreling people, he and his efforts were not received well. After God’s commission, and after God’s miraculous backing up of His servant, Moses was finally accepted by his people as God’s man. The man who originally rejected Moses was probably one of those who eventually benefited from the deliverance.

People can change. Not all do, but some do. Those who dislike us now may like us later; our most hostile foe may become our most ardent friend. We may not fully understand how our Sovereign Lord can direct even kings’ hearts like a watercourse to bring them to His desired end without violating their free will, but He’s able. Often, He works on surroundings, environments, and situations to carry out His plans. Oh the depths of His wisdom!!!

But even if people don’t change their antagonistic attitude towards us, we’re fine; we have God who continuously extends His loving arms of invitation, and loves us just the way we are. His plans for us are always greater than our plans. His timing is always better than ours; His timing is perfect. He can turn things around. When our visions and dreams don’t find fulfillment right away, we don’t stop dreaming and hoping. God’s callings in our lives are without repentance. We just wait, with faith and patience. As things unravel, we see God orchestrating all factors necessary: situations, events, even nature and people, to bring about our destiny-fulfillment.

Protection from Lies

Psalm 12:6   (KJV)   The words of the Lord are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.

God’s Words—His promises are true; they’re absolutely dependable. And that’s very comforting knowing He promised protection for His oppressed people. We desperately psalm-12-6-protection-from-liesneed the protection of the Almighty. We’re definitely the underdogs, sheep among wolves, the few who walk the straight and narrow. We’re the minority, and though we may be growing, we’re still way much smaller in proportion to those walking the broad way and entering the wide gate.

People living with no regard to His Words are increasing very quickly. To them, lying is a trend, a weapon they use to attack the righteous. There are those on the side of evil—knowingly or unknowingly—who are furiously against the godly. But God sees everything; He hears both their lies and our cries. And our powerful loving God promised to rescue us. I believe Him. We are and will be protected; we are and will be preserved.

God’s Awesomeness

Exodus 19:16   (KJV)   16 And it came to pass on the third day in the morning, that there were thunders and lightnings, and a thick cloud upon the mount, and the voice of the trumpet exceeding loud; so that all the people that was in the camp trembled.

I wonder how we’d feel when we come face to face with the Almighty Creator. The imagery of thunders and lightnings creates some sense of shock and awe. Imagine them concentrated on one specific location. Add to them a thick cloud and a tremendously loud exodus-19-16-gods-awesomenessblast of trumpet. Fear, a deep reverential, awe-filled fear—that’s the only natural reaction we can think about when faced with power—sights and sounds of such incredible magnitude.

It’s understandable that people trembled. However, with all the awesomeness all the combined powers of nature manifest, they’re really nothing compared to the awesome power and greatness of God. It stands to reason why His call for us not to fear any man excludes Him. We fear no man and nothing, but we’re rightly commanded to fear the Lord. Fearing Him isn’t contradictory to loving Him. It’s not a case of either-or; it’s both.

God’s Greater Glory

Exodus 14:4   (KJV)   4 And I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, that he shall follow after them; and I will be honoured upon Pharaoh, and upon all his host; that the Egyptians may know that I am the Lord. And they did so.

A continuing and increasing indifference, hostility, or attacks against us can be God’s way of showing His glory in a more emphatic or obvious way. The unjust treatments we experience always turn out for the good. That’s a promise that puts all our experiences in exodus-14-4-gods-greater-glorythe proper light. All things work together for the good of those who love Him—we who are the called according to His purpose; they all work together for His glory, and for its greater display.

This may sound easier said than believed or acted on, but it does us very well when we do. There may come situations when it seems like we’re pushed farther in a tight corner, or between a rock and a hard place, or between a sea and an invading army. Our predicament may look confusing; we may feel like we don’t have a way of escape. But we understand that it’s in those moments when we see the miraculous powerful hands of the Lord scoop us into safety.

Not all situations are the same; some are harder than the other. In the natural, there may be no possible way for us to win the battle or to even escape alive—to survive. Others who find themselves in the same situation as ours murmur, complain, or compromise. But God fights on the side of those who are on His side. And it’s in our deliverance from our most horrible predicaments that others recognize God’s wondrous intervention. In our worst experiences, we find joy and comfort in knowing that a greater revelation of our God’s greatness and goodness is about to unfold, and we get to know Him even more.

Unstoppable

Exodus 11:3   (KJV)   3 And the Lord gave the people favour in the sight of the Egyptians. Moreover the man Moses was very great in the land of Egypt, in the sight of Pharaoh’s servants, and in the sight of the people.

God has ways and means of changing people’s attitudes without violating their free will. God is in control; He will work out everything according to His purpose. Those who consider others as enemies can change and see those enemies as friends. Those who abuse their workers can change and honor those workers for being a huge help to them. Those who consider someone in a very negative light can change and see their greatness instead.

God is Sovereign. Even when things seem to be getting out of hand, even when He seems very silent and uninvolved, even when evil seems to be winning and growing. There are specific times in history when God’s handiwork becomes absolutely obvious; when no matter how people act or react, whatever they think, whatever they say or do, however flagrant their rebellion is; pertinent people, things, and events move clearly towards righteousness.

People may not even associate the events with God’s work or intervention, but the momentum becomes unstoppable. The government, mainstream media, Hollywood, educational system, politicians, and many other powerful and influential individuals or groups may unite against God and His people, but all their billions of dollars and their endless rhetoric will even work against them. When God declares special favor upon a person, or His people, favor comes like an unstoppable flood; there’s nothing His enemies can do. So we live in Him; we seek, pursue, and exalt Him, His Kingdom, and His righteousness. Against the torrents of hypocrisy, lies, and abusive attacks, we have peace, knowing we’re on the right side, and His favor is upon us.

Distinctions

Exodus 8:23   (KJV)   23 And I will put a division between my people and thy people: to morrow shall this sign be.

There are similarities and differences in the experiences of God’s people and the world. God determines which is which. The world isn’t disqualified from all of God’s blessings exodus-8-23-distinctionsand goodness; God’s people aren’t exempt from tragedies. God makes the sun shine on both; He makes it rain on both. But there is a time when in God’s wisdom, He decides to create a distinction between those who are His own, and those who fight against Him.

Those are so many things believers do that unbelievers do; there are even miracles they can imitate; demonic forces are supernatural beings capable of extra-ordinary feats. But they can only go so far; they have limitations; our God alone is omnipotent. But yes, there’s suffering in the world, and Christians aren’t exempt from suffering. In fact, there are additional sufferings unique to believers; we do get persecuted for our faith.

God has sovereign plans for His people that will be accomplished no matter what. God has sovereign plans for the wicked that will be accomplished no matter what. The godly and the wicked may share the same blessings and experiences here and there, but there’s surely a demarcation line in this. God has a different destiny for the godly, and a different destiny for the ungodly. We’re excitedly waiting for our ultimate “tomorrow” when the difference will be total and final.

Life and Legacy

Genesis 49:33   (KJV)   33 And when Jacob had made an end of commanding his sons, he gathered up his feet into the bed, and yielded up the ghost, and was gathered unto his people.

Before he passed away, Jacob pronounced blessings upon his sons and commanded them some. He’s one of the most named patriarchs—often mentioned in identifying our Lord. We hear it often written or said: “The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.”  With this genesis-49-33-life-and-legacynobility, he’s still just a man; with his humanity, he was godly, and that matters. He acknowledged God, and passed that knowledge on to his children.

We all share in this appointment with death, at different times, and different ways—except those who will be alive when the Lord Jesus returns. We’re all given this wonderful treasure of time. We have great opportunities to fill it up with good and beautiful things, great experiences and memories. The part we’re entrusted to occupy is very different from each other. Some find theirs more difficult than others. Not all are born with a silver spoon in their mouths.

With all the differences and similarities, we are all blessed with opportunities to be a blessing—to invest in other people’s lives, dreams, and destinies. We don’t always receive all we pray for; we don’t always get the life we aim for, but we all enjoy God’s undeserved and priceless blessings—the most precious of which is He Himself. He is the greatest “Possession” we ought to not miss and the greatest “Legacy” to leave to our children and others. We obviously don’t own the most luxurious palaces in the world—we don’t need to, but we, as treasures of clay, are possessors of the greatest Gift all of us have or ought to have. He’s the Gift that keeps on giving. With the golden but limited time and space we and our children have, we fill these sacred endowments with the most and best: Him. We continue learning, living, and teaching. And the Gift goes on.