Saturday, August 2, 2008

Pr 14:35 ¶ The king's favor is toward a wise servant...
Pr 11:30 ¶... he who wins souls is wise.

These two verses help explain the helpless anger that some Christians feel as they watch God bless their enemies. When Christians set out to follow Jesus wholeheartedly, Jesus works in their lives to make them fishers of men. They then go through trials, tests, temptations, and troubles that most Christians rarely experience. The result is a harvest of souls saved.

But Christians who do not have this spiritual growth don't understand what is going on. They see the results of Satan's attacks on the soul-winners, and they attribute these results to ungodliness on the part of the soul-winner. They don't understand that they, personally, do not undergo these same attacks because they are not spiritual enough to handle them.

Many Godly men, churches, and colleges have "Christian hatesites" dedicated to them. There, Christians who have failed to obey the Great Commission can blast away at the failings of those who are more successful then them.

The result? God keeps blessing His Godly servants, and the critics are bypassed for success.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Can't Get Along!

Ge 31:1 ¶ Now Jacob heard the words of Laban's sons, saying, "Jacob has taken away all that was our father's, and from what was our father's he has acquired all this wealth."
2 And Jacob saw the countenance of Laban, and indeed it was not favorable toward him as before.

That Jacob just couldn't get along with anyone! He had gotten his brother Esau so angry that he had to flee for his life. Now, his father-in-law (who was also his uncle) and his brothers-in-law (who were also his cousins) were angry at him.

It looks pretty bad for Jacob, until you realize some things. Jacob was the one being blessed. God was increasing Jacob's sheep, children, and even his brides (he had four of them).

Laban was a man who relied on lying and trickery to achieve his goals, and he was steadily declining. Around the internet, you can find various Christian hate sites that rip into men who are being used of God more than all their critics combined. Many of their criticisms are true, yet God continues to bless His servants rather than their critics.