May 2, 2017
When a person is walking in God’s will, they will always experience His protection, guidance, and lovingkindness. God will automatically raise their life higher and higher – far above all nations (Deut 28:1). Their life will become a model for many people.
Directly or indirectly, those who walk in God’s will will start to be in contact with multitudes. This is the ‘danger zone’. If we are not careful – our awareness becomes distracted from God’s reality, drifting towards the multitude – we will be trapped to please the people, and not God’s heart.
1. If our awareness starts to drift towards the multitude, without knowing, we will become easily swayed by the people’s special treatment
This is the deadliest trap for those who start to become models for others. They will start to realize that there are many people who are ready to treat them specially. And everyone loves to be treated specially! This could kill a person’s determination to live accurately.
Even at one point, when the person ‘fails’ to live a word standard, everyone turns a blind eye and doesn’t make a problem out of it. This is where the greatest danger lies for those who have become an ‘idol’ for many: they are no longer demanded to live accurately!
Meanwhile, God Himself repeatedly spoke that EVERYONE who wants to follow Him must deny themselves, carry their cross everyday, and keep walking in His footsteps (Mat 10:38-39, 16:24-26, Mark 8:34-35, Luk 9:23-24, 14:27, John 12:26).
Don’t let the special treatment of the multitude loosen our sincerity in building an accurate life.
2. If our awareness starts to be fixed towards the multitude, without knowing, we could start to prefer crowd and festivities more than the stillness of His presence
We have the authority to talk to the multitude in the first place because we have finished talking with God in the stillness of His presence! God is the one who ‘raised us higher’ than the crowd who are now beholding us in awe. The crowd didn’t just gather to us and treat us specially – God is the one who ‘raised us higher’ than all of them!
That’s why we should never be swayed and lulled by the multitude!
Jesus Himself, after finishing His ministry to the multitude, deliberately detached Himself from the crowd to be alone – pursuing after the stillness of the throne room (Mat 14:23, Mark 6:31, Luk 4:42).
If Jesus Himself purposefully secluded Himself – distancing Himself from the multitude who pursued Him, to pursue after God’s presence – how much more do we need that stillness of the throne room!
a. The stillness of the throne room helps us to keep living in accuracy and in obedience towards His voice alone
b. The stillness of the throne room helps us to always be free of the ‘crowd’s desire and pressure’
c. The stillness of the throne room helps us to discern between the good and the righteous – because what is good in man’s sight may not be right before God
d. The stillness of the throne room helps us from becoming astray in this journey called life; we could always walk in the right path, and see our brilliant and hopeful future
e. The stillness of the throne room helps us to assess and evaluate ourselves objectively
f. The stillness of the throne room helps us to stay balanced in life regardless of the situation we must face, the responsibility we must carry, and even the special treatment we will enjoy
g. The stillness of the throne room conditions us to always have a healthy dependence towards God alone, although many people are lending their hand to help/support what we are going through
Make sure that we always stay longing and determined to live in the stillness of His presence. #iLoveGod
Ps. Steven Agustinus