December 14, 2018

Pastoral Nuggets: Second Opinions

We live in a world today where second opinions have become the accepted norm.

And I am convinced that in the medical field and certain other arenas of life that getting a second opinion is a very good thing.

However, I am concerned today at the number of Christians that always want a second opinion when God reveals His will for their personal lives.

Mark Twain said, “It’s not what I don’t understand about the Bible that bothers me. It’s what I do understand.”

When once we understand the will of God, revealed in the Word of God, we need no second opinion. Our responsibility is simply to accept what God says, be thankful for it, and obey willingly. Yet, too many times the Lord reveals His will for our personal Christian walk with Him and instead of simply walking in obedience – we search for a second opinion.

The story is told of a farmer that had a severe leg rash. He went to the doctor to see what was causing such a rash. After enduring a series of test the doctor informed the farmer that he was allergic to his bird dog and that he would have to get rid of him. The doctor then asked the farmer if he was going to sell his bird dog or just give him away.

“Neither,” replied the farmer. “I’m going to get a second opinion. It’s a whole lot easier to get a new doctor than it is to get a good bird dog!”

Sadly, many Christians are just like the farmer. It’s easier to get a second opinion than it is to be obedient to God’s call upon our lives.

In Acts 5: 34-41 you’ll find where the Jewish Sanhedrin listened to the message of the apostles and carefully examined the miracle performed on the lame man, but instead of simply accepting the truth, they rejected it, opting for a second opinion. They enlisted the services of a scholarly man named Gamaliel. Gamaliel gave the Sanhedrin some of the worst advice ever recorded in the Bible. They had just witnessed the miraculous power of Almighty God displayed right before their very eyes.

However, instead of advising them to embrace truth, Gamaliel advised them to “wait and see.” Sadly, while they were waiting, the opportunity to serve the Lord passed them by.

In Romans 11:29 the Apostle Paul teaches us that, “… the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.”

This simply means that God does not call anybody to a task and then change His mind. Friend, when the Lord deals with you and gently calls you to come and follow Him, you can follow Him and experience the joy that is found only through obedience, or you can seek a second opinion.

The choice is yours. But rest assured, the adversary makes sure there is a bypath available, one that parallels the true road just long enough to give the assurance that the second opinion was really God’s will, not what He originally birthed into your heart.

When once we understand the will of God, we need no second opinion.  So, please, let us not “wait and see” while opportunity passes by.

As John 9:4 says, “I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.”  And in 2nd Corinthians 6:2 he states, “… behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day ….”

If God is truly calling, no second opinion is necessary.

As the Nike commercial says:  Just do it!

Brother Aaron

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