Thursday, May 6, 2021

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 6 May 2021


The Danger of Obeying Man Over God


And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?
(Luke 6:46)


Today’s Morsel:  Why is it that people will listen to man and they will not listen to God.  For the past year and a half, man has listened to man telling them what they can and cannot do.  Wear a mask, separate yourself from others, wash your hands, and stay home.   I am afraid that for some, they are allowing man to destroy their faith right before their eyes.  “A new study has revealed that nearly a quarter of the U.S. population is currently experiencing symptoms related to depression - that’s roughly three times the number before the ongoing global coronavirus pandemic began. According to Catherine Ettman, a doctoral student in public health at Brown University and lead author of the study, which was published in the American Medical Association journal JAMA Network Open. “We were surprised at the high levels of depression," she told National Public Radio.  “These rates were higher than what we’ve seen in the general population after other large-scale traumas like September 11.  Hurricane Katrina, and the Hong Kong unrest."   In nationwide surveys conducted before the pandemic, 9 percent of respondents reported depressive symptoms, the researchers found.  Once the pandemic started, that percentage soared to 28 percent.  Ettman pointed out that there are a variety of factors that are likely driving the surge in levels of depression, which can include “fear and anxiety around COVID, as well as the dramatic economic consequences.”   But the increase of depression and anxiety can also be caused by listening to man and not to God's word. For example, man has told us to separate ourselves from each other.  But God’s word says, Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.(Hebrews 10:25)  God said it is not good for man to be alone. Man says to wash your hands.  But God’s word says, “These are the things which defile a man: but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a man.(Matthew 15:20)  Wear a mask.  But God’s word says, “And till Moses had done speaking with them, he put a vail on his face.  But when Moses went in before the LORD to speak with him, he took the vail off, until he came out. (Exodus 34:33-34).  Who are you going to listen to?  If you are going to obey the laws of the land, that is one thing; but it is much better to obey the word of God.


Sing: Jesus! Jesus! You know what's best for me.  So lead on, Jesus, I'll go wherever You lead.


Thought For Today:  Be more concerned with what God thinks about you than what people think about you.

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