Shepherd Sayings November 9, 2017
Sometimes Christians answer questions that have not been asked, solve problems without having been asked to do so, work without knowing how a thing works, and give aid even when it hasn’t been requested. I read of an incident that occurred in a large office. A new and confused employee stood in front of the paper shredder. “Need some help?”, a secretary walking by asked. “Yes,” the employee replied. “How does this thing work?” “Simple,” she said taking the fat report from his hand and feeding it into the shredder. “Thanks, but were do the copies come out?”
Paul and Silas, in a Philippian jail, were asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” They answered, Believe in the Lord Jesus.” (Acts 16:30-31) Until a question has been asked there is little value in giving the answer.
Jesus met a man who had been an invalid for 38 years. It seems certain that the man would want to be well. However, Jesus asked him, “Do you want to get well?” The man’s answer was, “I don’t have any one to help me.” To which Jesus said, “Get up! Pick up your bed and walk.” (John 5:6-8) Notice, Jesus did not try to solve the problem until the man asked for help. Friend, God will help you if you will ask!
Trouble usually comes when one tries to do something he doesn’t understand. There is a story, in Acts 19, of a man named Sceva, who had seven sons. These seven watched the Apostle Paul cast out demons and decided they could do it also. They found a demon possessed man and said to him, “In the name of the Jesus whom Paul preaches, I command you to come out …The evil spirit answered them, “Jesus I know, and I know about Paul, but who are you?” The demon possessed man leaped on them and gave then such a beating that they ran out of the house half naked and bleeding.” (Acts 19:13-16) Boldly obey God but do not copy the faith actions of others.
Heavenly Father, speak to our hearts, point us in the direction we should go with our lives. Help us grow in faith to believe that you will give us the wisdom, words, and power to do your will. Amen!