“Woe to the foolish prophets who follow their own spirit and have seen nothing!
“This will happen because these evil prophets deceive my people by saying, ‘All is peaceful’ when there is no peace at all! It’s as if the people have built a flimsy wall, and these prophets are trying to reinforce it by covering it with whitewash.” (Ezekiel 13:2, 10)
Ken told me this morning about a sermon by John Louie that related how we get stuck because we write our own scripts that are based on our own perceptions, not reality. These verses above from Ezekiel reflect this. The people believe what they want to believe. The prophets give messages based on their own imaginations. No one wants to think that their actions are sinful, and that judgment is coming because of this.
Today, we think, “God is good, and full of grace. He won’t call me to account for my actions.” We decide what is and what isn’t acceptable to God. We redefine morality according to popular opinion. We write our own scripts, maximizing our goodness and downplaying any chance for judgment.
The script I tend to write for myself is another kind of deception. I see all of my shortcomings and failures. I see the world as falling apart, So I assume my script will include my failure, and that things will go wrong. And each day I get up and attempt to concoct a new script where I win. I love to scheme and plan and come up with solutions. But of course these are my efforts, not God’s.
What is the REAL script? Our eyes should be open to our utter sinfulness, our infinite value to God, and His amazing character. We should fall on our knees and say, “Have mercy on me, a sinner,” not thinking of ourselves more highly than we ought, but with sober judgment.
“This is the meaning of the parable: The seed is God’s word. The seeds that fell on the footpath represent those who hear the message, only to have the devil come and take it away from their hearts and prevent them from believing and being saved. The seeds on the rocky soil represent those who hear the message and receive it with joy. But since they don’t have deep roots, they believe for a while, then they fall away when they face temptation. The seeds that fell among the thorns represent those who hear the message, but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the cares and riches and pleasures of this life. And so they never grow into maturity. And the seeds that fell on the good soil represent honest, good-hearted people who hear God’s word, cling to it, and patiently produce a huge harvest.” (Luke 8:11-15)
In the end, it is all in what we see, what we hear. Do we see the magnitude of the Good News? That will change our script. And if we stick to the script, that will change our lives.
In the end, the script is the story of love — God lavishing His epic love on us, and us trying to spread this to others, one person at a time. Because it is a story of love, it is also a story of hope. It is a script of quietness. We don’t try to rewrite it every day and make things happen, we look to God and how his love is advancing, and join in his efforts.