What happens when we ignore the Composer?

“Be cleansed” (Luke 5:13).

Behold the impact of Jesus’ words:

  • Jesus said, “Be still!” and the storm stopped immediately (Mark 4:39)
  • Jesus said, “Be cleansed,” and the leper was cured instantly (Luke 5:13).
  • Jesus said, “Come forth,” and Lazarus walked out promptly (John 11:43).
  • Jesus said, “Come out” and demons fled fearfully (Luke 4:35-36).
  • Jesus said, “Let there be” (Genesis 1:3,6,14) and the heavens, the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, sprang into existence from nothing, unhesitatingly (Exodus 20:11; Psalm 146:6; John 1:3).

By merely speaking, all things immediately give way to the power of Jesus’ voice. Nature capitulates. Disease retreats. Demons surrender. The Master Composer will have harmony in his symphony.

The challenge of life is finding harmony with the will of God. We must learn to play the Composer’s symphony.

But our heart isn’t in it. We want to play the notes we like, in the order we want.

It is crucial to never get used to playing the wrong notes. Wrong notes should sting our ears, cause us to cringe. Many people simply plug their ears and keep playing.

When we persist in playing the wrong notes, we eventually write our own symphony. We get comfortable with dissonance, and begin to call it harmony (Isaiah 5:20). Our symphony slowly drowns out the true till we no longer hear it.

Worse yet, if we persist in this delusion long enough, we soon forget the beautiful Symphony we were made to play (Hebrews 6:6). And what will the Composer do to the musicians whose screeching he can no longer tolerate (Isaiah 59:1-2; Romans 1:24,26)?

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Rick Kelley

I began preaching in Wallace, WV (2000-2002), and worked with the church in Proctor, WV (2002-2004). I graduated from the West Virginia School of Preaching (2004), served the church in Prestonsburg, KY as pulpit minister from 2004-2014, and am currently laboring with the Massillon, OH congregation (2014-present). Outside of biblical studies, I enjoy spending time with my much better half, Samantha, and our six children (Christian, Hannah, Noah, Emma, Evan & Leah). We have an equal parts sweet and goofy Golden Retriever (Max), a rather energetic Australian Shepherd (Mallie), and a very chill Goldendoodle (Moses).

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