The Righteous Wheel Gets the Oil – A Word by Lori Suiter
We have all heard the saying “The squeaky wheel gets the oil”, but I believe we have become a culture of squeaky wheels. I sensed this morning in prayer that this is on the Lord’s heart and He is fiercely intent on flipping the tables to change the script from rewarding the loudly critical and deceptive into rewarding the quietly faithful, thankful, and righteous. What I heard in my spirit was “The righteous wheels will get the Oil” flowing straight from the throne room of Heaven.
It is undeniable when you look around this world that the loudest voices seem to get the most attention. It seems some people believe that if you say something enough times or loud enough it will somehow make what they are saying true. Truth will always rise eventually.
In the business world fears negative reviews for their product, school, or business so if they see or hear a complaint, they tend to bend over backwards to make the complainer happy due to the fear of lawsuits. Now I am not talking about justified complaints over poor treatment or bad service . I’m talking about the people who have a lifestyle of looking for ways to manufacture offense out of the genuinely innocent and then sue or vent about it in an angry and very loud way all over social media for attention. They are looking for how to take advantage of the situation for selfish gain. At the very least they demand something for free or at the worst, they are looking for a cash settlement. Sometimes it’s merely attention they are seeking.
Meanwhile it seems the faithful, the ones who are living quietly with thankful hearts, living righteously and just trying to do their best in this thing called life, tend to get overlooked. I see this in families with one child being the loud, oppositional one who gets all the parent’s attention while the other children who are being quietly honoring and obedient often times don’t get the praise they deserve. When we go out to a restaurant, how quick are we to compliment good service? How loud are we with our compliments? How loud are we with our support of what is good?
We have unknowingly and unintentionally empowered the negative instead of the positive BUT this can and will change.
Parenting is a good analogy for what’s happening in our culture. We all know what happens when a parent gives in to a toddler who is throwing a tantrum right? It teaches the toddler that throwing fits pays off. That’s what is currently happening in our country. We are catering to toddlers instead of giving attention and time to the ones who are faithful and following the rules.
Many schools claim to have a zero tolerance for bullying in effect but parents will tell you that many times it’s the victim of the bullying that needs to change their behavior instead of the bully. Many times the victims have to find other ways of transportation to school if the bus is the problem, or, maybe even a different school if the school is the problem. This should not be. It’s the bully who should be removed.
Even in movies and TV shows right now, it seems the villains are glorified. I see many movies intended to make you feel sympathy for the villain. Empathy for the bully. The message is that the “bad guy” is really not that bad at all. In other shows it’s the good guy who turns out to not truly be good. The deception is that the bad is somehow more powerful than the good. We see death and deception overpowering life and truth in many shows and movies. We have music and shows where the way we shouldn’t act is glorified. Where are the shows full of hope that end with you feeling good and encouraged? The shows that reinforced morals and the righteous way of living, where did they go? It’s as if everything that is evil is seen as good and what is good is seen as evil. We are crying out for a return of the good guy!
Now to add the fact that discernment is vitally necessary right now to truly determine who and what is good or bad. I believe God is in the process of showing truth that NOT all that glitters is gold and NOT everything and everyone you think is worthy of being honored and entertained, should be honored and entertained. Same goes for those you discredit and ignore because “somebody” told you to do it. Ask the Holy Spirit about it all. Things are really being shaken right now, but it’s a good shaking.
It seems we are very much in a spiritual war. A war between good and evil, life and death. There used to be a saying “Junk in, junk out.” What this meant was that we need to be careful about what we ingest through our eyes and ears because we will start acting like what we “eat.” I never realized back when I heard it just how truthful it was. We are told in the bible what we are to be thinking about…
Philippians 4:8 – Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable- if anything is excellent or praiseworthy- think about such things. (NIV)
This morning I felt so strongly that things are in the process of turning around. I sense that we are coming into a season of the return of the good guy, a return of God being seen as the ultimate good guy. He is straightening crooked paths and He is also making streams in the desert. As we kneel before Him crying out in repentance and praising His name, He will make all things new again. He will make the impossible possible. We will start to see answer to prayers we have prayed for years. We will see life in the most desolate areas of our lives and in our world. We will believe that a better future is possible. He will restore this country’s sense of childlike wonder, hope, and joy. There will be a great return of the golden rule of “do unto others as you would have them do unto you”, instead of every person looking out for only themselves. Loving your neighbor will become a way of life.
He is in the process taking out the bullies and replacing the squeaky wheels!
We will overcome evil with good as He taught us to do. It will get messier before it gets better. Remember it’s a process. Remember who is truly on the throne! It’s time to have our eyes wide open. There is much we need to see and learn in the process. We are learning how to be wise as serpents but gentle as doves. No longer will the bully prosper. No longer will the spirit of death reign over the entertainment industry. Life is displacing death in our country. Hope is displacing depression. Joy is displacing sorrow.
Romans 12:21 – Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. (NIV)
Matthew 10:16 – I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be as wise as serpents and innocent as doves. (ESV)
Be encouraged righteous wheels! The bullies will not be victorious for much longer. He is replacing the squeaky wheels with righteous wheels! The bullies will not be in positions of power and authority over you any longer! Those who are silently faithful, you are seen and you are known by the only One who matters. You are known by the ultimate good guy! He is more powerful than you understand! Trust Him! Stay faithful! Stay hopeful! Remember Daniel in the lions den. The mouths of the lions will be closed! Pray unceasingly! Pray that whatever needs to be uncovered in this season is revealed! Decree Life across our country!!
Look at this world through eyes of childlike wonder, speak love and life and watch our world change!!! We are going from the government of death to the government of LIFE!