Still Can't Believe
“Behold, you despisers, marvel and perish! For I work a work in your days, a work which you will by no means believe, though one were to declare it to you.” Acts 13:41 (Paul quoting Habakkuk 1:5)
Are you despised by people because you believe in Jesus? Many people are. Despised for believing the bible as truth, despised for believing Jesus is the only way to heaven, despised for believing humankind is sinful at the core and in need of salvation, and despised for believing good works and performed rituals are not a means to justification before God.
We are not alone though in being despised. God Himself has been despised since the point Satan decided he wanted to replace God and be a god himself. With the fall of mankind into sin and with the first act of disobedience from Adam and Eve, we have been confronted with the choice to either believe God for all He says He is or despise Him for what He asks us to believe about Him. There is no middle ground between those two choices. It is either a choice of belief or disbelief.
The more amazing fact though is that so many people see all of the signs of God, as Paul pointed out to these Jews he was speaking to in Acts 13 as he recalled the scriptures which pointed to Jesus and then the things Jesus did to fulfill them, and yet they still do not believe after they see these things and hear all the facts to support the truth which is right in front of them.
Should we then we shocked when people around us despise us and reject our belief in God? No, not at all. Do we have the mission of converting them through the proof we can set before them? No again. For those who have closed hearts, minds, and eyes there is nothing we can do on our part besides pray, to help them believe in the God we have encountered and know is the One true God. Even Jesus, with all the miracles, signs, and wonders he performed, could not convince people to believe in Him. Jesus set an example we should heed in that He watched to see where God was working and in whom God was working and in that direction He focused His attention and energy.
We do not know who will and who won't accept the words we declare on behalf of our Lord, and therefore we must keep speaking truth and allowing God to use our words for His purposes and His glory. Many can be saved if we are diligent enough in declaring the word of the Lord to those around us no matter how many times we are rejected or despised in our obedience to declare truth. Don't worry today about who will reject or despise your words or your beliefs. Instead, just keep speaking out for the Lord and let your voice we a sweet melody of salvation. There are people who are seeking amidst those who are perishing and we should be wise in endeavoring to be the givers of God's light to those who are just waiting to hear what we have to say. To the rest, we have to pray for them "...for they know not what they do."