Change doesn’t happen until someone with God-given authority steps up. Unfortunately we are tempted to be silent and instead of leading our generation for the purposes of God we yield to the next, strongest influence, or most demanding voice.

In the process, leadership that does not reflect the Lord – a presence that once “in” opposes every valued standard, one by one, until it becomes obvious for all to see – replaces the contributions we should have made and by the time we realize what’s happened the presence that came to take over, has!

Practically speaking life in the natural can be done, even done well, without a shred of Bible faith. In the spiritual though it’s not the same and Paul made the distinction: We forfeit a higher, spiritual inheritance when we choose proverbial bowls of stew and their momentary relief or satisfaction.

The natural life and religious niceties are fine but not where you go in a crisis. When a natural, manageable-with-the intellect setting changes unexpectedly and becomes intensely dark, “natural” senses do not work as well.

In contrast, the true spiritual person sees, knows, and speaks with God-given authority, providing answers to life’s challenge with words of life, not just for personal needs but those of the whole world! The voice of the one who is spiritual steps up as a shofar blast of wisdom . . . to calm the storm.

The voice of the Lord thunders.

Amen.

Matthew 17:14-21, Psalm 29:2-4, Verses@Once