Have you said that before?
Standing for Christ has, in recent times, become an impossible task for children of God. Our faith has become easily fallible. We seem to compromise our principles so easily and then blame the challenging circumstances around us.
The time that was not enough. I’m too busy. Nobody encouraged me. I didn’t want to offend him. The temptations are too great. These statements have suddenly become clichés among young 21st Century Christians.
How often do you blame other people or situations for your inadequacies?
Are the youths who stood for God throughout the Bible and history weird men? What happened to the determination the Holy Spirit bestows upon sons?
Obadiah lived in King Ahab’s house, yet, he feared God greatly. Samuel trained under Eli, with Hophni and Phinehas, but he was not corrupted by them. He even gained an A+ for hearing God. Asa was from a lineage of evil kings, where they couldn’t have taught him the way of God; yet, he did what was right in God’s sight… the list is endless.
So what is your excuse? What justifications have you, for compromising your stand?
The sons of Eli were clearly older than Samuel and could have easily taught him the old tricks. But the Bible tells us that “but Samuel ministered unto the Lord, even as a child, wearing a linen ephod.” He decided to know God, and focused on his priesthood training, regarding ‘less’ the bad boys around.
The three Hebrew guys looked death in the face so as to please the living God. How often have you hidden your identity because of ridicule, not to talk of death threats?
We do not know much about his life, but Obadiah did not leave us in doubt when he said “And I’ve served GOD devoutly since I was a boy!” He feared God GREATLY, even under Jezebel’s nose!
Asa’s father couldn’t have taught him in God’s way – evil can’t beget good. So, he might have read about King David in the history books and then compared his father’s life to his (David’s), seen and stuck to the better of the two. And it most likely was a personal decision. He not only lived the right way, but also taught his son, Jehoshaphat ( 1 kings 22:43).
Even though their environment, like ours, was filled with corruption, it’s the personal relationship with God that these men built up within then that helped – and that’s really what matters. Do you not know that greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world?
Do you blame your elder siblings for your influencing you negatively? Do you accuse your parents of neglecting their duty of teaching you the right things? Who and what do you blame?
Obviously, we live in an environment that is hostile to the faith and where sin is condoned; but this should not deter our commitment to Christ. If you truly know your God and live according to the Word, following Christ every step of the way in righteousness, wrong external influences will not make you falter or lose faith.
If you fall to pieces in hostile, adversative conditions, then there wasn’t much to you in the first place.
Keep the Faith,
References: 1 kings 15:11
1 kings 18:3, 12
1 Sam 2