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Sunday Rest and Reflection:Reluctant Prophets

Dear Friends,

Greetings on a day of rest and reflection!   Jesus Christ is Lord!  He is coming soon!  Are you ready to meet Him? Will He commend you for a job well done?  Do you know your purpose here in His plan?  Worship focuses us on God and His purposes and enables us to see our purpose!  It opens us to hear His voice through the preaching and gifts of the Spirit.  Don’t neglect corporate worship with God’s people today!

This past week we have read in the minor prophets and covered Amos, Obadiah, and Jonah.  These prophets were simple men chosen by God to be his mouthpiece.  Amos was a shepherd and fig farmer.  He was obedient to the Lord, but did not consider himself to be anything special. (Amos 7:12-14)  He took abuse from the people God sent him to.   Obadiah’s only recorded message is his short prophesy against Edom.  Edom hated Israel and probably did not welcome this word from Obadiah!  We know he was obedient and that his word came to pass as predicted!

Jonah was the last prophet mentioned this week.  He was reluctant to go where God sent him.  We sometimes feel that God’s directions are too hard or too dangerous.  Human nature doesn’t like conflict and carrying a message that will certainly bring conflict can make anyone reluctant!   However, trying to hide from God is not rational or possible!

What can we learn from these prophets?  First, it is always best to obey the Lord and go where He sends us and say what He says.  Obedience blesses God’s heart and further promotes His plan.  Second, not everyone will like our message, but some may repent.  God cares for the few or many that will repent!  In fact, He wants none to perish!  The third observation concerns our own motives and prejudice.  Our underlying judgment of the people God sends us to will be  exposed.  We must take time and line our hearts with God’s heart.  He has compassion on all and wants none to perish!

Take time today to examine your heart and motives.  Are you going where God has directed?  Are you preaching a straight message?  Do you truly love those you minister too?  God loves a cheerful giver!

In His Love,

Pastor John

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