This is what the king says: Don’t let Hezekiah deceive you. He will never be able to rescue you. Don’t let him fool you into trusting in the Lord by saying, The Lord will surely rescue us. (Isaiah 36:14-15)
Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives. (Galatians 5:25)
Relate: Poor Charles Duell gets a bad rap. I’ve been told over and over again about the guy who at the beginning of the twentieth century made his famous statement, “everything that can be invented has been invented.” He didn’t actually say it, to my knowledge nobody knows where the quote first originated but it has been put in his mouth so many times it will be forever linked with him. A similar statement was supposedly made by Julius Sextus Frontinus, “Inventions have long since reached their limit. I see no hope for further developments.” The problem is, he supposedly made the statement (10AD) thirty years before he was born. (40AD)
We love to mock the skeptic in hindsight. When the Yankees first decided to take this pitcher they acquired and stick him in the outfield a former teammate now playing in Cleveland said, “Ruth made a grave mistake when he gave up pitching. Working once a week he might have lasted a long time and become a great star.” Poor Babe Ruth. What was he thinking trying to make his mark as a hitter rather than a pitcher? He should have stuck to what he was good at.
React: What are your dreams? What does the vision you have for what God is going to do through you look like? I can remember way back to when I was still dreaming of doing a daily devotional called the River Walk for my church. This domain was bought and paid for but my first post wouldn’t appear until October first. When I first was sharing the dream with a well meaning friend they said, “You should really look into whether you can still get your money back. This will never work.” Please, just slap me in the face instead. That would probably hurt less than your words and your doubts. Well meaning people will always be around to try to stifle your dreams and visions. That is because it is a dream God gave you, not them. When Hezekiah said “God will protect us” the king of Assyria, with his army numbering in the hundreds of thousands laughed from the wall. Surrender would have been the wiser choice, but we are to follow the Spirit’s leading not man’s wisdom. Had I listened to my friend, rather than God’s leading I probably could have gotten my money back. But the River Walk now has over six hundred thousand thousand views and twenty-five thousand followers. It has been viewed in virtually every country in the world except North Korea (and my guess is that it has been viewed there, but by someone using a VPN). How could I ever take back that kind of impact?
Two things will always happen when we are obedient to God’s leading. 1) He will always do far greater and far more than we can ever ask or imagine. 2) There will always be skeptics. Sometimes they will even be well-meaning and well-intentioned people. But it is time we start trusting in God and doubting the doubters.
Help me to trust in You. Help me to shut my ears to those who will doubt or question Your calling on my life. Dear God, please don’t let me be that voice of doubt into someone else. More than anything, help me to listen to You. Greater things are yet in store. Help me to dream big dreams with You. Help me to expect things from You. Then blow away my expectations. You are a big God and You can do far more than I can ever imagine.