This weekend Dr. Everett Piper, President of Oklahoma Wesleyan University, is joining us so today I am sharing one of his significant quotes from Not a Day Care: The Devastating Consequences of Abandoning Truth: “[T]olerance is not the same as truth and it is not synonymous with love. Frankly, as formulated by the Left on our college campuses across the land, tolerance is not even tolerant but instead, it is a tool of totalitarian intolerance, which denies any diversity of opinion, diversity of thought, or any final standard of truth in order to measure what is tolerable.”
This past Tuesday I had veins stripped out of both my legs. It is amazing that you can suck out veins and valves in your legs from the groin to the ankles—and live through it. More amazing is the way God wired the body to heal itself. It is most amazing that God designed the body so that after stripping veins out, it reroutes the flow of blood through the legs. Psalms 139:14 says, “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” Thank you, Jesus!
Joseph, a young man of seventeen, was sold by his own brothers to an Ishmaelite caravan who then sold him to Potiphar in Egypt. Falsely accused by Potiphar’s wife, Joseph spent years in prison. Then Joseph was put in charge of storing up grain for the upcoming seven year famine. Fifteen years later, Joseph realizes the purpose for which God allowed him to be sold into Egypt by his family (Genesis 45:7). God sent him to Egypt to save the lives of his brothers who sold him into slavery! Joseph trusted God through a long dark season.
David is anointed to be king in I Samuel 16, but he had to wait through I Samuel 31 and into II Samuel before Saul died so he could become King. For more than a decade David waited to become the king. Even worse, much of that was spent hiding from King Saul who wanted to kill him. Ben Patterson writes, “At least as important as the things we wait for…is the work God wants to do in us as we wait.” It was in the waiting that God made David a man after God’s own heart.
The thing that marked the people of the Bible is that they had been with Jesus. It was not their degrees or disciplines, nor their positions or possessions. They certainly weren’t marked with a life of ease. Matthew 4:19-20 says people were amazed at the disciples because though they were unschooled, they had been with Jesus. The Old Testament records God being with Abraham and even the rascal, Isaac. God was with Joseph when his brothers sold him into Egypt and when Potiphar put him in prison under false accusations. To be blessed is to have God with us.
Isaac, like most of us, was not particularly worthy of God’s blessing. In fact, in Genesis 26:5 God says He will bless Isaac because of his father Abraham “who obeyed God and God’s requirements, commands, decrees, and laws.” This was long before God gave Moses and the Israelites the Ten Commandments and all the OT commandments and laws. Yet Abraham obeyed God and God’s commandments. Abraham walked so close to God he just knew what pleased Him. God tells Isaac in Verse 24 that he should not fear because God will be with him—again because of Abraham.
In Genesis 11:31 I saw something I have always missed. Terah, Abram’s father, intended to move his family from Ur of Chaldea to Canaan. But when they came to Haran, they settled there. In chapter 12 God clearly directs Abram to leave Haran and go to Canaan. Abram obeyed. There were no moving companies or U-Haul trucks. Moving wasn’t easy for Terah nor Abram. But Terah set out for Canaan, but he got content partway there. He settled. Abram uprooted his family and finished the move. Where have we settled? What job do we need to finish?