february 28th - Weird Stuff
So he went with them. And when they came to the Jordan, they cut down trees. But as one was cutting down a tree, the iron ax head fell into the water; and he cried out and said, "Alas, master! For it was borrowed." So the man of God said, "Where did it fall?" And he showed him the place. So he cut off a stick, and threw it in there; and he made the iron float. Therefore he said, "Pick it up for yourself." So he reached out his hand and took it. 2 Kings 6:4-7 (NKJV)
Speaking of weird stuff...this devotional has "out there" written all over it. Read it at your own risk. As a kid I heard a couple of preachers preach sermons on this minor incident. I cannot recall the point of either sermon, but I still remember the miracle of an ax head floating on the water. Wish I could do that...you know--make an ax head float on the water...it is kind of cool...I could start the "Church of Floating Ax Heads!" That name has a kind of a rustic Rocky Mountain flavor to it. Would you follow me if I could do such a thing? "What...no takers?" Probably a wise choice!
The Bible tells us that different waves of doctrine will flow through the Church, and some well-meaning Christians are always looking to catch the next wave. It might be a genuine move of God's Spirit or it might be a repackaged heresy looking to seduce a new wave of adherents. Let me set the record straight, before someone jumps to the wrong conclusion: "I believe that God can do anything--even weird things. On-the-other-hand; I am not going to base my faith on anything less than an actual relationship with God, making sure that Jesus at the center as the Author and Finisher of my faith.
I would truly be impressed by anyone who could make an ax head float or perform a bona fide miracle; but, I serve the one who walked on water and stilled the storm with His voice. Furthermore, I refuse to be a part of a " wicked and adulterous generation" chasing signs. Why should I chase
after signs when I am a walking miracle of God's grace? And what would be my rationale for chasing after signs and wonders?
End Time prophecies warn us that in the last days there will be false prophets and teachers who are miracle workers. Oh my…real miracles performed by false prophets. We must make sure that the message of the spiritual leaders that we embrace is a message that is Biblically sound and Christ-centered. As impressive it is to make an ax head float, the Apostle Paul gave Timothy an apropos message: “Pay attention to your doctrine, for it will save you and those that listen to you.”
Author’s Note: Not long ago I had a couple that walked into our church. Nice folks…really liked them, personally. It didn’t take many conversations to realize that they were preoccupied with signs and wonders. In the book of Luke, Jesus sent out His disciples to minister. He told them that they would be used in powerful ways; but rather than rejoice that they had power over demonic powers, they should rejoice that their names were written in heaven. Signs and wonders are fine…but, they are not the point. Sharing the good news and having new names written in heaven—now that is a good reason to celebrate! RJD