“I thought, ‘These are only the poor, they are foolish, for they do not know the way of the Lord, the requirements of their God. So I will go to the leaders and speak to them; surely they know the way of the Lord, the requirements of their God.’ But with one accord they too had broken off the yoke and torn off the bonds.” Jeremiah 5:4-5.
The search for the righteous.
When I read these verses, I imagined someone thinking, “Now what are we going to do? Who will give us guidance?”
The Bill Hybels’ situation was a shocker to many. I remember seeing his books in the church I attend. There had even been Bible studies centered on some book of his. But what now?
The man has resigned over allegations of misconduct.
Those trusting in him have been shaken.
I think that there is a wakeup question for me in all this: Where am I putting my trust?
Some barely surviving, non-educated newbie in Christ can be closer to God than I ever will be! They could have words I need to hear. I must NEVER minimize other believers.
There is merit in Godly preparation. Great spiritual examples can come from folks who have long-term relationships with God. I cannot write off folks who are “better” than I am.
The key here is that I must seek God first. I must not forget this point when some speaker is so captivating that I want to read everything he has ever written and listen to everything he has ever said. My “captivation” must be to God first.
If I am drawn away from God by someone, then I have elevated that person to a counterfeit god. That may have been part of the problem in the Bill Hybels’ situation.