What we see going on today reminds me of science-fiction movies I used to watch back in the day—only now with a tad bit of slapstick comedy mixed in. Yet, what we are witnessing isn’t make believe; this is real. Therefore, with faith and much prayer, it would be wise for us to walk circumspectly as we pass through this strange unsettling terrain.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me (Psalm 23:4).
Once again, God took me back to the rich history told in the pages of the Old Testament; for in those books, clues are recorded that will shed some light on what’s going on today. For example, in the book of Ezekiel 11-16, the Lord gave the prophet Ezekiel several visions of what would happen as a result of Israel’s disobedience. Even though the Israelites had been told not to emulate ungodly customs and religious practices, they turned their backs on God—and did so in spite of the warnings.
As a result, they were punished when heathen nations were allowed to defeat them. Nonetheless, through God’s faithfulness, Ezekiel comforted the people and gave them hope of restoration.
When you read the entire book, you’ll find all kinds of similarities that reflect our world today. Anytime you read a prophetic book in the Old Testament, you might find yourself substituting names of those long ago with people you currently know of today; sometimes the characterizations match perfectly.
Rebellion is a recipe for destruction.
For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth (Hebrews 12:6).
Could we be in a similar situation? For sure we are rebellious; we worship idols (material possessions and people), we put our greedy desires over the welfare of those in need; we use our positions to suppress the weak; we place more value on our social standing than being in right standing with God. We, generally speaking, only give God our attention when we need Him to perform some act of mercy. Why would God place judgment on the Israelites, and give us a free pass for committing some of the same acts of abomination?
Yes, Jesus came and sacrificed His life for our sins, but that doesn’t mean we won’t be held accountable for our iniquities; we still have to repent and obey the Word of God.
God is in Control and He calls the Shots!
The earth is the Lord‘s, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein (Psalm 24:1).
Think about it: Jehovah-Elohim, all powerful God, shut this world down; made it come to a crawl. You can’t tell me that’s not a SERIOUS move on His part. And, it’s going to remain incapacitated until His plan says otherwise. Who else has that level of command? All God has to do is SPEAK, and it is so.
We probably won’t ever know completely what’s going on; God will pour revelation into our understanding on a need-to-know basis. In the meantime, our passion/desire should be: developing an intimate relationship with the One Who knows what’s going on. The Holy Spirit will guide us as we travel through this—
See you next week on Paulette Talks Faith.