THE SERVANT GENERAL
ROOTED IN CHRIST
Today’s psalm: Psalm 78:3-8
Jesus has already won the victory, and in the spiritual war
we are engaged in, what we are doing is a mopping-up operation.
But though the evil one has been defeated, he is still able
to inflict casualties on God’s people, and even defeat
them in some battles.
is what happened to Israel. “The ranks of Ephraimite
archers, retreated on the day of battle.” (v.9). Ephraim
was the most important tribe of the Northern Kingdom, but
they were defeated by the enemy. Why? Because of their infidelity
to God. If they had been faithful, God would have protected
them and given them the victory.
is sobering to holy warriors. It is not just what we do, assaulting
the enemy, but it is about who we are and what we have become.
There are those in the Church who are at the front lines of
service, but who neglect their spiritual well-being. They
are warriors but are not holy. How do we ensure that we can
appropriate the power and strength of God as holy warriors?
Stated negatively, what kind of people are we not to be? We
learn from what God told His unfaithful people.
we must not be those who refuse “to walk according to
his law” (v.10b). God has given us His commandments.
We must “keep his commandments.” (v.7c). We obey
God’s law. We do not walk along a worldly path. Rather,
we walk along the straight and narrow path given by God.
we must not be those who do “not keep God’s covenant”
(v.10a). We have a covenant with God, where He is our God
and we are His people. We must abide with that covenant, which
demands righteousness and integrity. Our covenant is the foundation
of our relationship with God. It provides us with a continuing
guidepost so that we will not lose our way.
we must not be “a rebellious and defiant generation.”
(v.8b). We must not insist on our own way, our own agenda,
our own priorities. God tells us what to do, and we follow.
We do not become hard-hearted. We do not become obstinate.
We certainly must not oppose God’s agenda. We are but
His instruments, and we do His will.
we must not be “a generation whose heart was not constant”
(v.8c). We must be steadfast in our faith. Our hearts must
always rest in God. We are vigilant and do not allow other
forces in the world to entice us. We do not go with the secular
flow. We have turned our lives over to God, and we act accordingly
in all circumstances.
we must not be those “whose spirit was not faithful
to God.” (v.8d). God is faithful to us, even in our
unfaithfulness. He is merciful and always reaches out to us.
We in turn must be faithful to Him. We look to Him for our
well-being. We defend Him. We do His works.
we must not be those who “forgot his deeds, the wonders
that he had shown them.” (v.11). God blesses us in very
many ways. In times of difficulty and challenge, or even seeming
defeat, we must always be reminded of God’s marvelous
deeds. We look to the signs and wonders we have experienced
in our life in and service to Him. We know there is more.
We trust in Him.