Dear Tabernacle Family,
This is the month we celebrate the birthdays of two of the great Presidents of our country, George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. These men were deeply committed to performing the duties of the office of president. One was establishing what this new country was to be and how it would function; the other, some 50+ years later, was committed to preserving the union and abolishing a great injustice in our land. They saw beyond their own comfort and pleasure to the generations that would come behind them. They worked to create a nation that would be a blessing.
Over the last few Sundays, we were privileged to hear messages that have spoken to our conduct in the day we are living. Those of us who have a few more miles on their odometers look at the events with amazement as we consider the changes we have seen in our lifetime and the acceleration that they have occurred. In this ever-changing world, our challenge is to be “wise as serpents, but harmless as doves” (Matt. 10:16).
In Isaiah 39, the prophet is speaking with Hezekiah concerning his entertainment of an envoy representing the King of Babylon. It is recorded that Hezekiah was “pleased with him” and he gave the envoy a tour of all his treasures, which was described as everything that he had. This act and admission opened the way for the prophet to bring a strong word of rebuke. He pronounced that all the treasure in the house and all that the fathers had accumulated would be carried into Babylon. Furthermore, some of the sons would be made eunuchs in the palace of the King of Babylon.
Instead of humbling himself in repentance, Hezekiah had an amazing response. “The word of The Lord which you have spoken is good! At least there will be peace and truth in my days.” His response reflected his “broken values.” He cared only for himself and his generation but had no eye toward the future. It may be difficult to understand why a King of Judah would be engaged in this behavior and, when confronted about his behavior, how he could be comforted by the deferred consequences of his behavior. It would seem to me that his confrontation with Isaiah would somehow prompt him to repent and seek God’s mercy and forgiveness.
Daily decisions have tremendous impact on our lives and on the lives of our families, church and communities. There are times when we say things or make decisions out of ignorance, foolishness or other motivation without considering the consequences. How can we guard against having “broken values,” that will lead to a mindset that is only focused on our comfort, entertainment or ease?
As believers, as citizens of His Kingdom, we are to always be mindful of the thoughts we entertain and guard our hearts so as not to compromise what God has placed there or the calling that is upon our lives. As ambassadors, we are to represent the country of our citizenship and our King. His response is to be my response. His perspective is to be my perspective, which can only be accomplished by continuous relationship with the King.
It is easy to think our service probably won’t make a difference in the great scheme of things, but I would encourage you to do whatever you can to represent our King to our families, church, community, and beyond. If we are faithful, we can trust God for the results.
Pastor Allen Baun