August 6, 2021
Read: 2 Peter 2
“Try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.” 1 John 4:1
If you were planning to cross the Sahara, it would be imperative to consult a knowledgeable guide and carefully heed his instructions. Any mistakes in following his directives could be fatal. It would be foolish to listen to a professed guide who has little experience.”
This is true also of our spiritual journey. Many are the false guides and prophets today, yea even among us, as Peter warned, who have forsaken the right way and have gone into error. Many are those who follow them. We can know whom we should listen to.
A passenger train was crossing the prairie in the winter during a blizzard. The only passengers in one coach were a young mother, her baby, and a certain gentleman. The young lady was concerned that she get off at the right station, so she asked the conductor to remind her at the right time. The kind conductor assured her that he would do so.
Sometime later the train slowed and stopped. The young woman looked inquiringly toward her fellow passenger, wondering if this was her stop. “I suppose it is,” the man replied. She gathered her baby and belongings and descended into the stormy night. The train immediately started moving on.
Later the conductor entered the car and asked about the mother and child. “She got off at the last stop,” the man replied. “She went to her death!” gasped the conductor. We stopped because of engine problems.” The mother and her baby were found frozen in the snow.
We must listen to the voice of experience. We must trust the God as our Conductor. He knows the road and the rules. One who teaches the Word of God must have a life to back it up. His message cannot be supposition. It must be truth.
~ James Baer