WHAT IF…God put you in your present situation in order to give you opportunity to know Him better?
1 The wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down. Ladies, are you taking time to know God? Are you being a godly example in your home? Are you reading? Praying? Meeting with other Christian ladies and learning?
2 Whoever fears the LORD walks uprightly, but those who despise Him are devious in their ways. Guys, are you walking in the fear of the LORD? Are you careful to be obedient to Him and to defer to Him? Are you Reading? Praying? Meeting with other Christian men and learning?
I’ve been reading Amos. He prophesied against both Israel and Judah. Against Israel, he called them in their wealth and arrogance to humble themselves and to consider their wealth as traps rather than “the blessing of God.” Against Judah, he warned them that God was not pleased with their sacrifices and worship because their motives were all wrong. They lived sinful lives ignoring His laws about daily living and only made sure that their offerings and prayers were done in the proper fashion. The prophet Samuel had warned them long ago that “to obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams. For rebellion is like (as bad as) the sin of witchcraft, and arrogance like the evil off idolatry [it’s the worship of self]. 1 Samuel 15:22-23.
How about us? Is God calling us out of our wealth to scorn our toys and our busy schedules, such as–dare I say it?–
- Going to the lake every weekend?
- Playing tournaments on Sunday?
- Using our toys (game devices, golf clubs, four-wheelers, etc.) to keep us from fellowshipping with other Christians and with the LORD?
- Being selective about with whom we associate because of social standing, income (or the lack of), whether or not they drink socially, or for any other reason?
Have I meddled enough? Sometimes we have to ask the hard questions. I’m not trying to do the Holy Spirit’s job here, but I DO want to call into question what just a few years ago would have been considered sinful. Let’s take the hard look.
IF you are in a challenging position right now, could it be that God has made it so you can spend more time with Him in Bible study and prayer? Do you have someone with whom you can discuss biblical topics? Are you taking advantage of the “free time” to do so? Again, I’m not trying to be the Holy Spirit; it’s just that I want you to not waste the time, but to redeem the time!
Sometimes we all need a kick in the pants. Consider this post one. Don’t wait for God to have to do it. But, even if He does, consider it a blessing to have such a loving God and Father. “Let a righteous man strike me–that is a kindness; let him rebuke me–that is oil on my head. My head will not refuse it, for my prayer will still be against the deeds of evildoers [even myself!].” Psalm 141:5.
Start this morning by acknowledging the LORD in your life. Block out everything else for a few minutes and open yourself up to His Spirit. Ask Him to “search my heart, O God, test me and know my anxious [fearful, misdirected, selfish, etc.] thoughts. See if there is any offensive [misguided] way in me [I will repent] and lead me in the way everlasting [Your way].” Psalm 139:23-24. Now, tune into His voice and listen as you read His Word. You’re gonna have a GREAT time with Him!
Abba, You know I do not say these words lightly. I do not hold others in contempt; but I do question their motives. Only YOU know if they are spending time with You and growing in You. Our society does everything it can to draw us away from You. May we NOT give in! Call us out; sanctify us; make us holy unto Yourself. Give us the spiritual backbone to make the hard choices even if it causes others to get mad (it’s usually because it calls THEIR motives into question). LORD, we have wandered away. Come and get us. We need You. Amen.