I know there has always been opposition/disdain for God and the idea of there being a God. We only to have to look in the pages of the Bible to see that. From today’s reading in Psalm 57, we see that David was pursued by his enemies, men who only had evil thoughts of ending his life because of his trust in God. These men are described as lions and ravenous beasts, men with teeth of spears and arrows. In my lifetime I’ve seen the increasing scorn and disdain for those who call themselves a Christian. Art, education, business – all walks of life have increasingly squeezed out God because of their hatred for Him. As a result we too suffer the effects of these actions. It shouldn’t surprise us in the least. We, just as David, should take refuge “under the shadow of His wings.” God will keep and protect us through these times!
The story in Acts from the daily Bible reading that talks about some Jews driving out evil spirits, reminds me of a parable from the Sermon on the Mount, where Jesus says, “Not everyone who says to me Lord, Lord, will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.” Those men were incredulous in the fact that they asked, "Didn’t we prophesy in your name and in your name cast out evil spirits and perform many miracles in your name?" Jesus answered them, “I never knew you, depart from me.” God’s pleasure doesn’t come from those who are strong or those who have great abilities or other such things, but from those who fear Him, those who put their hope in Him. It is not for us to judge another person’s faith, but let’s be sure that our faith is based on our fear and love of the Lord, not on the fact that we just call Him Lord.