God is one who not only created this world and all that is in it, but He designed patterns and ways by which the occupants – you and me – may find purpose, blessing, fulfillment, occupation, and peace.
Now has come a time when so much seems to be in turmoil. We have wars, economic collapse, earthquakes, storms and heat, unemployment, fears, family turmoil,… It just seems to keep coming. To the general public there seems to come the question, “Why us?”
Proverbs 1:25 “But ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof:”
In all the communities I have seen, there is a rejection of God’s ways which seems to have no end. Even for those who show a superficial show of religion, the seriousness of really believing God is at a low ebb.
How many people can you point out who seriously understand that they should totally depend upon God for their daily living? How many show that they are in total subjection to their Creator? How many spend real time in reading their Bible regularly with the intent that they will conform their lives to what they learn? How many go to church to humble their hearts in the true thankfulness of worship of the Lord God Almighty? How many consult about the pleasure of God before entering into new activities or seek knowledge that the activities they now participate in are in total conformity to the will of God?
Is it any wonder then that God’s response is:
“I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh; When your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you. Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me: For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD: They would none of my counsel: they despised all my reproof. Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices.” (Proverbs 1:26 – 31)
Could it not be that even when they acknowledge the Lord, that they do it not in sincerity of repentance but rather with an expectation of “deserving relief”? Could it be that they still care not to fall in subjection to His will but would rather remain in the liberty of their own wicked devices? They know not from where real liberty comes because they are ignorant of the Word of God (most likely by their own choice and/or neglect).
Oh, they are likely to be most quick to blame God! But who is there that will take responsibility for their own waywardness and return to the Lord for the real sustenance of their need?
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Campus Pastor Stephen Haasch