Once Like Them

Suppose you say to me, “We trust in the Lord our God.” Isn’t He the One whose high places and altars Hezekiah has removed, saying to Judah and Jerusalem, “You are to worship at this altar?” – Isaiah 36:7

It is the natural tendency of an idolater to misunderstand the true believer’s devotion to the one, true God. This was certainly the case with Sennacherib, the king of Assyria. He supposed (wrongly) that Hezekiah (Judah’s king) had forfeited God’s favor by cleansing the countryside of false gods and idols. A God that exceeded the boundaries of man-made invention was just beyond Assyrian comprehension. In Sennacherib’s theology, Hezekiah made a bad decision and an even worse trade.

In the same way, why should the Christ-follower be surprised by the blind ignorance of those without Christ who might question Holy Spirit inspired devotion. Darkened as the “lost” are in their spiritual understanding, it just doesn’t make sense that a person would give his life to a God he cannot possess, but instead possesses him.

Be reminded of the truth that if an unbeliever could, for just a moment, see what you see … as you see it … they, too, would believe. And while we may not agree with unbelievers and they may even despise us, we have no cause to despise or hate them. For if we are truly honest, we must surely admit that we were all once like them.

An angry man opens his mouth and shuts his eyes. – Cato

Published by Dr. David Pope

Dr. David Pope is the Founder and CEO of Pope Initiatives. ARM Solutions is a division of Pope Initiatives that exists to activate collaborative efforts for sustainable impact among the global unreached.

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