TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29
“Backbiters, haters of God,
despiteful, proud, boasters…”
HATERS OF GOD
Those who hate God cannot be guided by the Spirit to do what is good. Their hearts and minds are in bondage to the sinful desires of their flesh and they despise the Word of God. What they desire to do is only evil continually and they have no sense of goodness and truth. “Their feet are swift to shed blood: Destruction and misery are in their ways: And the way of peace have they not known: There is no fear of God before their eyes” (Rom 3:15-18).
Cried aloud and stopped their ears: They screamed at the top of their voices. They did not want to hear any more of the convicting words of God which cut their hearts. They did not want to do that which was of God. They pressed their ears to avoid hearing anything from God. God’s Word to them was so prickly and irritating that they did not want any more of it. They were filled with the spirit of the devil. They dared not hear the voice of the Spirit and be converted, all they had in their hearts was the desire to destroy! So the people in one accord ran towards Stephen. They were determined to kill him because they hated his God.
Cast out and stoned God’s servant: When they caught Stephen, they cast him out of the city. He was brought outside the walls even as his Lord Jesus Christ who was also killed outside of the city. They stoned him without a cause, a most heinous crime to murder an innocent man, a man who wanted only their salvation and to bring them to see the light. With their violent hands they set themselves to eternal condemnation. They reserved their names in the eternal Lake of Fire. A man was there to sanction the stoning; a young man by the name of Saul. He heard all the words of Stephen. Yet, this was not God’s appointed time for him to see the light. If only he was hit by that bright light and kept the people from stoning Stephen. But this was not to be, God had His own plan for the life of Stephen and Saul.
Do you hate the ways of God? How do you deal with people who are haters of God?
THOUGHT: Do I sometimes despise how God deals with my life?
PRAYER: Father, please give me the wisdom to understand Thy ways.