There are some who will say they were once a Pharisee and voice it as if vinegar is on the tip of their tongue. Immediately one searches the heart in contemplation of salvation status, considering the authenticity of the believer’s prayer uttered as a child.
There is a journey to be made and the 23rd Psalm comes to mind.
“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me..”
I think it is possible to wear the robe of a Pharisee and believe in all Jesus did, while having one’s salvation totally secure. It is an illusion of Godliness that many will buy into. The illusive role is a comfortable role. A role where one has many friends and supporters. There is seemingly no motivation to seek any other role. It appears God is blessing. It is an easy life and a life quite controllable.
Smugness comes to mind while looking down your nose at those less deserving.
I think a collision between faith and the role of Pharisee is inevitable. It may be that God loves you so much He is unwilling to allow you to live the lie regardless of how innocent you feel. It is in this collision, you will find yourself in the very “valley of the shadow of death”. It is a dark place in the absence of light. It is an ugly place. It is a place of death. There is but one way out. Jesus.
The light of Jesus gives direction and meaning. It strips off the grave clothes and wraps one with fresh white linens of purity. As evil as the darkness is… “I will fear no evil: for thou are with me.” This is an incredible promise. Without Jesus, you will find no hope for tomorrow.
If you have not found yourself in the “valley of the shadow of death”, beware. Check the robe you wear. Write David’s Psalm 23 in your memory. You will need it. It is likely your journey will lead to the valley of the shadow of death.
There is but one way out. The path leads to Jesus.
God bless you in your journey.
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2 thoughts on “A Pharisee enjoys the smugness of seemingly being blessed.”
Archie, this reminds me of a message I preached more than 15 years ago. I called it, “Help God! I’m a Pharisee!”
You’re on a roll, in the “God Zone” as I like to say.
Thank you Richard. May God richly bless you and your family.. Enjoy the day! Walk with Jesus…