February 21, 2017. Leviticus 24-25.
24.10 One day a man who had an Israelite mother and an Egyptian father came out of his tent and got into a fight with one of the Israelite men. 11 During the fight, this son of an Israelite woman blasphemed the Name of the Lord with a curse. So the man was brought to Moses for judgment. His mother was Shelomith, the daughter of Dibri of the tribe of Dan. 12 They kept the man in custody until the Lord’s will in the matter should become clear to them.
There are times in life when a situation or problem arises that requires action or an answer. We often respond to soon in our limited knowledge and experience making matters worse with our solution. We further compound the problem by pronouncing our solution as “coming from The Lord” when the truth is it came from our minds and resources.
One of the strengths of the early church that made it so successful was that they actually were led by the Holy Spirit. One of the great weaknesses of the church today is that we think that we know everything. After all, we are leaders, attend leadership conferences, read leadership books, have leadership degrees, have programs to develop leaders, and have led successful church programs. If we cant figure it out then surely our committees, deacons or Elders have enough leadership chops to solve any problem.
With all that experience and leadership horsepower why do we need the Holy Spirit? We really don't look to the Holy Spirit anymore for guidance and direction. So often we move impulsively, instinctively or with the latest fad or trend. But the early church was governed and guided by the Holy Spirit.
Acts 13:2 One day as these men were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Appoint Barnabas and Saul for the special work to which I have called them.”
The Holy Spirit was directing the activities for the early church. I think when we come to the place where we can confess, "God, I don't know how. I don't have the answers, I need Your help" , God answers and gives us his flawless direction. What we need is to be open to the plan of God, filled with the Spirit, and by faith do what God is directing us to do even if it goes against the current leadership trend. God is looking for, people who are in harmony with Him and are willing to join Him in His work.
2 Chronicles 16:9 The eyes of the Lord search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.
Take time to wait for God to direct you, listen to the Holy Spirit. God is much wiser that we are, never makes a mistake and is never in a hurry. BTW the Holy Spirit has a very gentile voice so listen carefully.