We, from time to time, are made to face up to the truth.
I don’t mean this necessarily in a ‘being told off’ way, but that is one instance. It equally applies to a ‘penny-drop’ moment, or a ‘wake-up-out-of-stupor’ experience.
Mike, in talking Malarkey* this evening, pointed out that his style was one of discourse. Setting out the pros and cons, if you like, which made obvious the truth, for those who could be bothered making the effort to see. It is the style of parables Jesus used. It is the Alpha approach. Is that how you come across the truth most effectively?
The older style prophets spoke with authority, as the ubiquitous ‘Thus Saith the Lord’ tag points out. Does that ‘being stopped in your tracks’ approach work best for you? Do you need to be told, and then to obey?
With both approaches there was less than a 100% success rate, though the message was communicated properly in both cases. We can see that from the text.
The responsibility for reception does lie with the recipient. Though, with a cry as seemingly feeble as ‘Lord help my unbelief,’ the responsibility transfers to God. He has permission to choose the best approach, even though you may not find yourself totally prepared when the curtain rises on the truth of whatever situation you need to see in God’s light.
Oh, I think that brings us back to ‘You God, See Me.’ I told you there was a lot in that message…
*Mike Smith’s pronunciation of Malachi.