Madison Christian Church

Devotional for June 12, 2017

We had a dog named Dixie. She was a very sweet Bassett Hound. Because of a medical procedure we had done on her we had to put one of those cone-shaped collars on her. She didn’t like it. She wanted it off and she ran all over trying to run it along the ground or on furniture to get it off of her. She didn’t like it even though it was for her protection and for her good.

I am beginning a Sermon Series on Psalms in a couple of weeks (on June 25th). In reading, studying and deciding which of the Psalms to do in this series, I was fascinated by Psalm 2. Verses 1-3 say this: “Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth set themselves and the rulers take counsel together against the Lord and against His Anointed, saying, ‘Let us burst their bonds apart and cast away their cords from us.’”

That word for “rage” was a word to describe the bucking of a wild horse or some animal. They are in a rage over the restraints God has put on us with His word. And like our dog who didn’t want that collar that was meant to protect her, the nations do not want God telling us what to do.

We are seeing this all around us. We see this in moral relativism. People are questioning the truth of Scripture. We see this in the ridicule of God’s people and of His word. Man is setting himself up as a god!

So what do we do? We need to stay rooted in God’s word. We need to hang on to truth as described in Scripture and in the gospel. We need to expect opposition such as placing false labels on us. And it may come down to needing to expect to suffer for our faith. But we should also respond by loving and serving our enemies. Pray for Christians to stop giving in and stop compromising on the truth of God’s word.