Indestructible Stone

Matthew 21:44   (KJV)   44 And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder.

Never fight against the Lord Jesus Christ.  It’s a “no-win” position to take.  After all, He’s not a weakling that many people think He is.  True, people can speak very insulting and really bad words against Him, and they don’t get struck with a divinely-originated death Matthew 21.44 - Indestructible Stoneblow.  There are those who challenge Him without a seeming answer from heaven.  They conclude that either He’s not real, or He’s just not as powerful as people make Him out to be, or He’s a coward.  Some see Him as the helpless sheep brought to the slaughter.

The truth though:  yes, He came as God’s spotless Lamb, but there’s another side of him people don’t see, understand, or accept.  He is the Lamb of God;  He is also the Lion of the tribe of Judah.  Everything was created through Him.  And creation is way much bigger, greater, and mightier than us.  Whatever plan of attack, whatever strategy, whatever approach, whatever weapon, the end will be the same:  Jesus will always be standing—on top.

He is the Lord of hosts.  He is the victorious warrior.  It’s best that we be on His side—the winning side.  Understanding the end of everyone who dares challenge Him into a fight, we prefer what we have now: a love-relationship with our Lord, Savior, Father, and Friend.

 

Adviser to the Wise

1 Kings 4:5  (KJV)   And Azariah the son of Nathan was over the officers: and Zabud the son of Nathan was principal officer, and the king’s friend:

1 Kings 4:5  (NIV)   Azariah son of Nathan—in charge of the district governors; Zabud son of Nathan—a priest and adviser to the king;

Ironically, Solomon, considered the wisest king who ever lived had an adviser. The adviser may very well have been a true friend to him, someone who cared for him, who would have been honest with him, who would have been concerned about his welfare. This was not someone who would be there to flatter him so that he could be closer to the king; they were already friends.

We can all learn from others. A king or a leader who learns from others shows a lot of security, maturity, humility, and real wisdom. The person of highest position or greatest knowledge or wisdom still doesn’t know it all. Even the label “know-it-all” can work both as a compliment or an insult.  Either way, it’s not literal. No one really knows it all (unless we’re God – and we’re not). Let’s glean wisdom from others. Let us be open to greater avenues of learning.

We ought to ask God for wisdom and discernment that we may recognize who the people are who really means the best for us – not for themselves. There are people who are obviously anti-us. There are people who are obvious enemies despite our goodness to them. But there are also people who know how to flow with the wind. This can be good. They can ride the tide for their own benefit. That can be good too. But there are those who will be there, going along, just for their own satisfaction, and won’t hesitate hurting others to get what they want. Let’s be careful.

Dear God, we praise You for Your Omniscience. If there’s anyone Who really knows it all, it’s You. We however, are not. Please remind us to be teachable always. Please lead us to the right people to listen to – divine connections – those who You have designed to pour into us important substances that will help us effectively navigate through our journey, in Jesus’ Name, amen.

Firsthand Info

Acts 25:22  (KJV)   22 Then Agrippa said unto Festus, I would also hear the man myself. To morrow, said he, thou shalt hear him.

The visiting King Agrippa was informed by the then Governor Festus about the Apostle Paul and the situation at hand. The king didn’t carelessly jump into conclusion; he didn’t rashly give any opinion; he didn’t impulsively give Festus any advice; he wisely requested to hear Paul firsthand. Festus granted his request but not until the next day. There was no argument on the king’s part. He didn’t push for an immediate audience. He agreed to wait.

Much of the hurtful misunderstandings, destructive fights, wrong decisions and unfair judgments that have created so much chaos and havoc in relationships, both in familial and international scale, has been caused by unwillingness to check out things firsthand.  We  don’t process info properly. We hear something and we get affected. Now, that’s natural; what we hear will usually affect us. But it doesn’t mean we need to believe it and act on it immediately. Especially in dealing with really important or critical matters, we ought to make sure that we have all the info we can get to make a wise and fair judgment before jumping into any conclusion. Of course there are times when we don’t have the luxury of time to patiently gather all pertinent data. In most emergency scenarios, we need to make wise use of whatever facts readily available and act on them quickly. But if we have time, by all means: ask, listen, do research; we need to employ the valuable virtue of patience. It will lead us to right beliefs, right decisions, and right actions. And, it will spare us from many heartaches and headaches.

Dear God of truth and justice, please give us a heart that really pursues truth. Often, our judgments our clouded by our preferences. When a situation or an information favors our preference, we get overjoyed and under-informed. And with our unformed and incomplete basis, we march confidently forward only to find ourselves in very embarrassing position. Please remind us always that truth is our friend. Truth only threatens errors and lies. The more we find genuine materials that lead to further discoveries – the better. They may bring us closer to affirming truth we already believe in or to finding the truth that will save us from errors we may have held on to. Help us to have an attitude that is welcoming and approving of them. There are those who are in stark contrast with what we believe in. Help us to really love them and be friends to them. Many of them are on the same quest as we are. Although coming from different directions, we share the passion for the real deal: truth. – in Jesus’ Name, amen.