Friday, September 6, 2013

Some Thoughts on John 2:23-24

Have you ever noticed that some people seem to lie in wait for an opportunity to "get the goods" on someone else?  For others they need a little more coaxing but their interest is just as high.  Their sense of shame (not that they are ashamed) seems a little bit more intact.  They, too, desire to seek after those juicy tidbits of knowledge so instead they "confide" what they know or think they know under the guise "needing counsel" or "prayer support" or someone to "vent" to.  It's sickening really.  But Jesus is wise to this wickedness, and He always has been.  

I think these verses are super interesting.  I'm beginning to understand.  

John 2:23-24 "Now while he was in Jerusalem at the Passover Feast, many people saw the miraculous signs he was doing and believed in his name. But Jesus would not entrust himself to them, for he knew all men."   

Even though they "believed" in Him...He would not entrust Himself to them.  Jesus "did not need man's testimony about man because He knew what was in the heart of man"(vs. 25).  We, on the other hand, have to learn this through experience. 

I know I've blindly trusted many a professing believer only to find that he/she was not worthy of my trust.  Even today, there are professing "believers" who spew hateful stories about me and my family, actively trying to destroy my witness in any way they can.  I've even had facebook stalkers single out my fb "friends" and private message them with hateful testimony of my character.  They spread rumors, bearing false witness about me without shame or hesitation, twisting reality to satisfy their insanely jealous lust for the destruction of my testimony.  Does any true believerever  desire to silence the song of redemption in another person's life?  No.  I can only imagine the demonic influenses behind such hatred.  But it so reeks of the stench of pure evil that it seems impossible that such hatred origionates from it's human host.  Though in saying that I do not deny it's possibilty...for some people so heartily seek after sin that I can not dismiss the probability that they are in fact children of the devil, seeking only what their "father" desires.  

 Sure it stings a bit to hear the things being said.  But it's more astounding than anything.  To think that others are so wicked in their imaginations as to conjure up such damning testimonies as have flown through their lips is amazing!   But it's comforting to know that Jesus does not underestimate their wickedness.  He is wise to them.  And He is wise to those who would speak evil about you too.  

So if you are one who is struggling today because of the betrayal of someone you trusted, be at peace.  God can not be mocked.  Your redemption is not effected by their gossip.  Your worth as a believer is not dependent upon their affirmation of your testimony, ministry or devotion to your faith.  HE is the one who leads you in the Way Everlasting.  He is the one who establishes your faith and testimony.  And though your enemies try to drag you down other paths...those that lead to destruction, your ways will be established by The Lord when you seek Him and only Him.  

It is good to remember Solomon's words.

Ecclesiastes 7:21-22 "Do not take to heart all the things that people say, lest you hear your servant cursing you.  Your heart knows that many times you yourself have cursed others."  

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