Thursday, July 23, 2009

The Folly of Not Trusting God

1 Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help, and rely on horses, who trust in chariots because they are many, and in horsemen because they are very strong, but who do not look to the Holy One of Israel, nor seek the LORD! 2 Yet He also is wise and will bring disaster, and will not call back His words, but will arise against the house of evildoers, and against the help of those who work iniquity.

3 Now the Egyptians are men, and not God; and their horses are flesh, and not spirit. When the LORD stretches out His hand, both he who helps will fall, and he who is helped will fall down; they all will perish together. (Isaiah 31:1-3)

Christian agencies that call on the Civil Government to finance their good works are as those who go down to Egypt for help. There will be a time, initially, when the work of the Lord seems to be enhanced, but the strings that come attached to the funding eventually shape into a noose, and the ability to follow the Holy Spirit's leading is strangled and the life in the organisation is extinguished.

When Christian agencies look to becoming larger than a local expression of the compassionate outreach of the local church is when they usually start chasing the government money. Very often it is pride and greed that motivates such expansion of influence and activity.
The Holy Spirit sends us out to preach the Gospel. With the preaching of the Gospel we are to plant local churches. It is the responsibility of the local church to seek the Lord as to how to address the local needs. It is not for local agencies to take on a messianic complex, desiring to save the whole world. Jesus Christ is the Saviour, not the agencies of His Body. Listen to the Psalmist:

1 Unto You I lift up my eyes, O You who dwell in the heavens. 2 Behold, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their masters, as the eyes of a maid to the hand of her mistress, so our eyes look to the LORD our God, until He has mercy on us. (Psalm 123:1-2)

1 LORD, my heart is not haughty, nor my eyes lofty. Neither do I concern myself with great matters, nor with things too profound for me. 2 Surely I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with his mother; like a weaned child is my soul within me. 3 O Israel, hope in the LORD from this time forth and forever. (Psalm 131:1-3)

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