Avoiding the Seat of the Scoffers

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Avoiding the Seat of the Scoffers:

‘The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness’ – 2 Peter 3:9

We must not let the ‘slowness’ of God in keeping his promise make us become scoffers. Proverbs 13:12 says ‘Hope deferred makes the heart sick’(NASB) and one of the worst heart sicknesses that can come upon us is to become scoffers. It is trap any one of us can fall into especially when we grow weary of waiting.

Peter tells us that scoffers will rise in the last days: ‘They will say, “Where is this ‘coming’ he promised? Ever since our fathers died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.” (NIV) A scoffer is a man who has begun to despise the promise of God. And right there in this verse we see the thing that provokes this skepticism about God’s promises. It is always the fact that ‘everything goes on as it has since the beginning’ that discourages and distracts us – the fact that things just go on as if no promise has been given. If things were at least changing gradually, we might be encouraged to wait. But when everything is at a standstill, we begin to wonder ‘Where is this ‘coming’ he promised?’  This is the point when we are in danger of growing a scornful heart.

Please get my point: this is more than just struggling with believing (a normal path of the fight of faith) – rather it is choosing no longer to believe. It says here of the scoffer: ‘they deliberately forget’. The scoffer is that man who raises his nose when you say ‘but God will do it…’ He thinks ‘get real, let’s not deceive ourselves, it’s not going to happen’. To be a scoffer is to ‘deliberately forget’ what God is doing and what he is saying. To come to a place where you deliberately make up your mind not to keep in view what God has done. A scoffer finds it wearisome to keep in view God’s promises (because they just do not seem to make anything different) so he deliberately chooses to keep them out of view (‘deliberately forget’).

We must avoid this sickness of the heart for not only does it injure our soul, it also takes us further away from the place where the love of God can reach us.

The way to guard against growing a scornful heart is found in Psalm 1:1-2. It speaks of the blessedness of the man who does not: ‘sit in the seat of the scornful; but his delight is in the law (promises) of the LORD, and in His law (promises) he meditates day and night’

The cure for the scornful heart is found in taking delight in what God has said – in the promises of God. It comes from placing those promises before your eyes day and night and letting it rejoice your heart because you know that he who has promised is faithful.

There is a song we used to sing:

‘When I remember his promises, I shout Alleluyah

When I remember his promises, I shout Alleluyah

Alleluyah, alleluyah, alleluyah, alleluyah

When I remember his promises, I shout Alleluyah’

Place his promise before you and meditate on it until it makes you shout ‘Alleluyah’ when you recall it.  A grateful heart cannot grow scornful. An expectant heart cannot grow scornful.

You see the reason why his Word to us must excite us is the understanding that Peter goes on to give in 3:5b ‘the earth was formed out of water and by water’.

God’s way, as in creation, has always been to make something solid (the earth) out of something that is not solid (waters). His promises are like waters – they do not look ‘solid’ to the natural man. Yet it is through these waters that he makes very solid things. Everything God does is through his word. When God wants to intervene in a situation, he sends his word. ‘He sent forth his word and healed them; he rescued them’ (Psalm 107:20).  So that word or promise that God has given you that looks like ‘waters’ is actually all you need to see his manifestation, if you will hold it and not let it go. So hold on to it and don’t let anything steal it from you. Beware especially of a scornful heart.


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3 Comments to “Avoiding the Seat of the Scoffers”

  • I would like some clarification on the last two topics titled “Avoiding the seat of scoffers” and “Letting go of Ishmeal”. My question is, when God promises you something, but because you don’t want to just sit and wait doing nothing (which I have seen a lot of christians do). Not that you don’t believe in His promises but you engage yourself and things start happening almost in the direction of that promise. Does this mean taking the place of God.

    Secondly, when God tells you to wait, what do you do while waiting?

    Thank you.

  • Dear Carl,
    Thank you also for your questions. Let me take them one-by-one:

    1. Taking action when God promises you something is not always the same as taking the place of God

    Taking the place of God is simply that: Taking the place of God. When we do not want to take God’s place it does not mean we do nothing but rather it means that we apply Prov. 3:5 in every step we take: First this verse says: ‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart (this means the first question you need to ask before taking any action is: Am I taking this action out of trust in God or out of impatience or fear? What is the motivation for this action?),then it goes on ‘Lean not on your own understanding but in all your ways acknowledge him’ ( Are you leaning on your own limited understanding OR are you allowing God to lead you? If you are not leaning on your own understanding, you will seek God in prayer every step of the way). Then it promises you ‘And he will direct your path’
    So you see inaction is not necessary what God calls us to when he gives us a promise rather he calls us to be led by him. Sometimes people say they are waiting for God whereas God is waiting for them to seek him for the steps they ought to take now and to step out by faith and see him act.

    2. You ask: ‘When God tells you to wait, what do you do while waiting?’. My answer is simple: Ask him and he will tell you. There are times when God has told me to wait and pray. So praying is all I am supposed to do. To act otherwise is to birth ‘Ishmael’ (please see blog on this article at . God is eager to instruct us. Just ask and trust him to help you understand what he is saying to you.

    Ok, I trust these answers were helpful. Please let me know if you have any other questions.

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