I recently went sight seeing with one of my friends who came for a visit and saw quite a few deer roaming the wooded wondered scape. As I took pictures of these gentle giants I was saddened by their plight of death–lyme disease. I thought of how these creatures have no way to flick the ticks that drop upon their fur–how they are completely subject to letting nature and evil have its own course. These gentle giants are mostly calm (except for the occassional car they charge), they are quiet except when you invade their space–they pretty much keep to themselves. And yet, they are shot at–they are run over and now they are subject to a hazardous disease.
Is then the deer symbolic of the modern day church? Getting run over by their carelessness, subject to the schemes of the enemy? Have we become lame–unable to walk out our faith because of our compromises with the world? Obviously not preaching the Word but creating theatrics — appealing to the world and not the Word. Or here is a shocker–appealing to the propheticness of self upliftment and not Jesus. Truly, what has happened to the church. In America we can say that we have many church goers but even if there are many church goers–what percentage of those church goers are like the passionate disciples that followed Christ? It is absolutely sickening to watch the church become entangled with it’s eyes on itself and the kingdoms its built and forget that God is still on the Throne desiring that we seek him as the deer that pants for water.
The Word says in Isaiah 52:7, How beautiful upon the mountains Are the feet of him who brings good news,Who proclaims peace,Who brings glad tidings of good things,Who proclaims salvation,Who says to Zion,”Your God reigns!”
2 Samuel 22:3434 He makes my feet like the feet of deer,And sets me on my high places.NKJV
Psalms 42:1-2As the deer pants for the water brooks,So pants my soul for You, O God.2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.When shall I come and appear before God?NKJV
I challenge you– Examine your faith.