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A Barking Dog

So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it. Is. 55:11 (NKJV)

Its been said, “If you throw a rock into a pack of dogs, the one that barks the loudest is probably the one that has been hit.”  And as strange as this notion may be to us, there is truth to this, and it really does makes perfect sense. 

As I think about this illustration I can find myself applying it to various times where I have shared God’s word.  For example; there have been times when I have shared Jesus with a person and their reaction was like they were hit with a rock, meaning they kicked and screamed, as the message hit them directly.  I have seen people defend why they don’t go to church, or believe, all the while giving the silliest reasons.  And just like the dog that was hit by the rock, they seem to be the one barking the loudest.  

There have been times where I have counseled couples, and have given them God’s will, as identified in His word.  The Scriptures penetrate the hearts of both people, as they hear the truth of the Lord, but suddenly one of them will begin defending their actions, or pointing their fingers at the other in attempt to shift the blame to them for what they themselves have done.  In essence, they become the proverbial barking dog.  But this is not God’s will—He wills that we hear His word—receive it—and apply it.  And we should definitely not be angered by it. 

So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath… James 1:19 (NKJV)

Now I feel it important to be clear about something here; even though we know God’s word is our only offensive weapon in the armor of God (Eph. 6:10-18)—this in no way implies we should be using scriptures as some sort of rock weaponry with the intent of attacking someone.  I do not personally believe it is God’s heart for us to use His word to bludgeon anyone, regardless of his or her guilt or standing before God.  I feel scripture is very clear about how we are to confront others. 

Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted. Gal. 6:1 (NKJV)

We can be confident in God’s ability to use His word to do what He intends—whether it frees, convicts, or condemns those who hear it, we can be confident it won’t come back void.  Our job is to simply continue to throw out God’s word in love—whether it causes someone to bark is between them and God. 

STUDY QUESTION: According to Isaiah 55:11, what can we learn about God’s word being shared?  According to Galatians 6:1, how should we confront others with God’s truth?

PERSONAL INVENTORY:  Are you willing to be faithful in sharing God’s truth in love with others?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION:  Let’s be faithful to seek God for His leading and power to share His truth with others.  Let’s be less concerned as to whether people receive it, and more concerned that we are doing it out of love, and in a loving way.

LET’S PRAY: Father, thank You for allowing us to be used in sharing Your word.  Help us to share it in a loving way, out of a true concern for those who we are sharing it with.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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