Isaiah 9:6-7 "For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom,establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this."
Zechariah 4:10 "For who has despised the day of small things? But these seven will be glad when they see the plumb line in the hand of Zerubbabel—these are the eyes of the Lord which range to and fro throughout the earth.”
Isaiah 2:2 "In the last days, the mountain of the Lord’s temple will be established as the highest of the mountains it will be exalted above the hills and all nations will stream to it."
How does the Church usually welcome new moves of God? Not too well generally!
This is all because by nature, we as humans resist change until we learn to surrender to God and trust him fully.
In his pedagogy and in the Bible, how much does God not insist on his people surrendering to him and trusting him and how much do we not resist him after all?
Let’s remember that resisting God is in fact an act of rebellion, which is as guilty as divination. Not pleasant to hear but true….
1 Samuel 15:23 "For rebellion is like the sin of divination, and arrogance like the evil of idolatry."
We are told that leaders or people used by God in earlier moves or times of revival, often offered the greatest resistance to new moves of God. That’s because not only do we resist change but we also tend to think that we know it all in a nutshell!
Sobering thoughts…of course not all do, and it’s not always systematic but challenging enough to forwarn us against these self-sufficient tendencies!
In order not to despise the day of small beginnings, we must learn how to have the ear of a disciple who hears and discerns what the Spirit is saying to us and to the churches at any given time. Prophetic insight and discernment is key to not falling prey to despising God’s doings and His new moves.
John 21:4 "Early in the morning, Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus."
John 3:8 "The wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going; so is everyone who is born of the Spirit."