Fresh Hope – 13th November 2018

Beware of the few.

 

I’ve found over the years that the phrase ‘everybody is saying‘ doesn’t actually mean what you think! On the occasions that that was said to me, it actually meant ‘one or two are saying’ at the very most.

 

Be careful in life, when confronted by those standing against you, that you don’t over estimate how many are in the army of the few. They tend to be one or two pretending to be many.

 

If you are leading something or just simply leading your own life forwards, then beware of the few that want to sound like so many. They make a lot of noise!

 

The few tend to employ their tactics when you find yourself doing either of the following:

 

When you want to take new ground.

 

When you want to regain lost ground.

 

When you need to take the higher ground.

 

Their scare mongering tactics include:

 

It will never work

 

We’ve never done it this way before

 

Everybody is saying that this is not a good idea

 

No one agrees

 

We like things the way they are.

 

People are not happy.

 

Whilst we should listen to good counsel, we should always be mindful of who is saying what. You wouldn’t listen to someone’s advice about how to manage your money if they themselves were broke.

 

In the Old Testament, Ezra was laying the foundations of the new temple. Everyone was getting ready for this long awaited and magnificent occasion. Celebrations were planned and people were coming from miles around. As things got under way it became apparent that there were two cries going up. One was the shouts of praise and the other the wailing of those that didn’t approve…

 

Ezra 3:10-13 When the builders laid the foundation of the temple of the Lord, the priests in their vestments and with trumpets, and the Levites the sons of Asaph with cymbals, took their places to praise the Lord, as prescribed by David king of Israel. With praise and thanksgiving they sang to the Lord: ‘He is good; his love towards Israel endures for ever.’ And all the people gave a great shout of praise to the Lord, because the foundation of the house of the Lord was laid. But many of the older priests and Levites and family heads, who had seen the former temple, wept aloud when they saw the foundation of this temple being laid, while many others shouted for joy. No one could distinguish the sound of the shouts of joy from the sound of weeping, because the people made so much noise. And the sound was heard far away.

 

There were ‘many’ that didn’t approve, but in reality they were drowned out by those that did.

 

Make sure today that you don’t bow down or bow out to the voice of the few.

 

Put your head down and walk right on.

 

You have a job to do…don’t let the noise of one or two stop you.

 

 

Pastor Mark

 

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