Sunday, November 23rd, 2014
Dream Haters (Part 20)
When they had twisted a crown of thorns, they put it on His Head, and a reed in His Right Hand. And they bowed the knee before Him and mocked Him, saying, 'Hail, King of the Jews!'
Matthew 27:29 (NKJV)
Likewise the chief priests also, mocking among themselves with the scribes, said, 'He saved others; Himself He cannot save.'
Mark 15:31 (NKJV)
They mocked the messengers of God, despised His Words, and scoffed at His prophets...
2 Chronicles 36:16 (NKJV)
He who mocks the poor reproaches his Maker.
Proverbs 17:5 (NKJV)
Merciless mockers are brutal bullies, but brutal bullies are frightened failures in disguise. They can put on muscle. They can put on ferocity, but they're still accidents waiting to happen: dirty diapers waiting to be discovered and discarded.
Merciless mockers can put on reason, as intellectual show-offs. They can put on beauty, as alluring temptations. They can put on hospitality, as social snobs. They can put on charm, as promising politicians. They can put on money, as power brokers. They can put on friendship, as intimate enemies. They can even put on religion, as false prophets. But all put on's will be taken off... by the Hand of God.
Sooner or later, pretenses will fall, light will rise, and truth will come. Mouths may 'Hiss and gnash their teeth' (Lamentations 2:16) for a moment, but God will have the last laugh:
'God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap' (Galatians 6:7). 'For judgment will be merciless to one who has shown no mercy' (James 2:13).
Actors, models and talent for Christ: God says life is built on surrender, not victory; on release, not acquisition; on humility, not pride; on mercy, not judgment; on Jesus, not us. This logic flies in the face of the world. 'For the message of the Cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved, it is the power of God' (1 Corinthians 1:18).
So if you haven't faced mockery, expect it. 'If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you' (John 15:20). Even so, rejoice! You're in the best Company. You will be blessed.
But in the mean time, what do you do about mockery? David ran toward the mocker.* Jesus submitted to the mockers. In both cases, God gave the victory. But most importantly: 1) Don't let merciless mockers stop you; 2) Don't believe their hype; 3) Don't follow their lead.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Dream Haters series.