by Pastor Tim Burt
I’d like to share a truth with you that if you took to heart – if you asked God to show you the truth of it in the Word of God and in your life, and if you made it a core value in your life, it would change your life – greatly and for the good!
Here is the thought: The primary way God brings blessing into your life is through people! We all have times when people can wear us out. Yet, we need them. God commands us to love them. If we don’t prayerfully ask Him to teach us how, we’ll will miss out on the very blessing God would bring to us through people.
Let's learn from this story of supernatural provision in 1 Kings 17:1-6 "Leave here, turn eastward and hide in the Kerith Ravine, east of the Jordan. You will drink from the brook, and I have ordered the ravens to feed you there." So Elijah did what the LORD had told him… The ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning and bread and meat in the evening, and he drank from the brook." After reading this, some might silently think, God will supernaturally provide for me like He did for Elijah, He did it through ravens Pastor Tim, not people!
This is a powerful story and reveals to us that God will bring supernatural provision as we follow out and obey His direction for our lives. Stories like this are there for the very purpose of building our faith in this truth. Yet, the Lord bringing supernatural provision through ways other than people is the exception, not the rule! The most common way He brings blessing – words of instruction, words of wisdom, help, encouragement, comfort, provision, and direction, is through people.
I was listening to a national speaker who in his speech, was basically saying he was sick of people! He said that people and Christians frustrate him because they seldom follow through on what they know to do. There is an obvious truth in that statement but no one can afford to get to this place where they are tired of people and begin to isolate themselves whenever possible from them. If you get to this place, a HUGE part of the problem is you and your attitude and you’ll soon cut yourself off from the supernatural provision you are asking God for. He will almost always try to get His blessing to you through people!
God’s Word gives us the key to help keep our attitude in a great place toward people. James 3:17-18 give insight to your bad attitude relief saying, “But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and good deeds. It shows no partiality and is always sincere. And those who are peacemakers will plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of goodness.” This verse helps us discern our own words, attitudes, and actions to see if the place we are coming from is from an ungodly or godly perspective. The key to that bad attitude relief is mercy.
Are you absolutely aware that almost every offense that ticks you off at people are offenses you yourself have violated toward others? Proverbs 20:9 says, “Who can say, "I have kept my heart pure; I am clean and without sin?" We may not say this but we often act like we are more righteous than those who have made us mad. Psalm 143:2 says, “Don't bring your servant to trial! Compared to you, no one is perfect.” What this verse is saying is that in your eyes, you will always justify your own actions and offenses making you not guilty while those who have offended you will be guilty! The truth is, not one of us would survive without mercy. Mercy is one of the most powerful forces in the world and the one that God used to bring you and I back to Himself through Jesus Christ. Proverbs 19:11 (NIV) says, "A man's wisdom gives him patience; it is to his glory to overlook an offense."
If we learn to imitate God, we can bring the same mercy He shows us into our daily living experience when and wherever possible to help soften or remove the offenses of others. If God continually has mercy on us, then it should also be given from us to others and often! It has the amazing power to INSTANTLY soften and reunite our hearts with someone we’d otherwise be offended or upset with.
I realize it doesn't solve the problems that cause conflict. It does give space and time to, to work through conflict with the Heavenly wisdom spoken of in the verses above from James. We are all a work in progress and therefore all desperate for God’s mercy. As liberally as we would want or need it, let us give it out. Are you in conflict? Don't get frustrated with people. Have mercy toward them remembering that the primary way God brings blessing into your life is through people. He just might bring it through that person you were tempted to be angry and offended at. If you do this, then the blessing of God can flow without interruption from you to people and from people to you! Do you need God's supernatural provision? Then learn to love people like never before! God will help you and mercy will be His greatest tool!
Matthew 5:7 (NIV) "Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy"
In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt
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