Friday, June 24, 2011

JUNE 24 "IT WILL NEVER HAPPEN!"

      Does God, the one who is sustaining the whole universe, really care and respond to the stupid things that come out of the mouth of this puny, microscopic (in light of the size of the universe) human being? It is hard to believe, but whether it is hard to believe or not is irrelevant because scripture shows us time and time again that God DOES respond & react to the stupid things we say. So much so that by our own admonitions, we curse ourselves and our future. In our text today, Elisha prophecies that there is great blessing & provision  down the road (both figuratively and literally) for all who live in Israel; except for one person. That one person is the Officer to the King of Israel, with his mouth he ignorantly proclaims,
  "even if the LORD should open the floodgates of the heavens, could this happen?” ..to which Elisha responds, as prompted by God, “You will see it with your own eyes,” answered Elisha, “but you will not eat any of it!”  We can hear the echo of God's voice in the back round saying, "is anything to hard for the Lord?"  How many times do we hear God's people say, "It will never happen!"  It would be one thing to hear this at work, but not at church, amongst God's people. Could we be cursing our future and what God has for us by our negativity and unbelief?  Does this attitude anger God?  This man who uttered this negativity and unbelief is (with Poetic Justice) trampled to death by the very people running towards the great blessing that he never believed would be, how fitting that was. In the book of Hebrews the author writes,  "17 And with whom was he angry for forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose bodies perished in the wilderness? 18 And to whom did God swear that they would never enter his rest if not to those who disobeyed? 19 So we see that they were not able to enter, because of their unbelief. "
     We know how much people like to be right, so next time you hear someone speak negatively towards their future and the promises of God, you can tell them, "you know what, you're right, you're exactly right, it will never happen, just as you have said it, so shall it be on to you".  Many of us believe that if we think something we might as well say it and when will we learn that thinking and saying are not the same. For example, why can't we think ourselves into salvation? Paul, in the book of Romans writes, "with the heart we believe and with the mouth we confess on to salvation". With our mouth we confess, or in other words, we confirm the matter! When we are thinking negatively we are waging a war of opinions in our minds and  when we succumb to speak it, we have chosen a side, we have confessed and confirmed and chosen a side on those thoughts, and more often than not, that which we confess will be what comes to be; except by the mercies of God.  "It will never happen", you say and God says you're half right, it will happen it's just that you won't partake of the blessing. So in essence you're half right, it will never happen.... to you, but you will see the blessing fulfilled in many others and you will have to stand and watch as they are blessed and you are not.