This pandemic and all the heartfelt calamitous conditions that followed have shaken the foundations of this world. What we thought was brick solid has come plummeting down in an avalanche of uncertainties and pain. Instead of us busying ourselves trying to put all the same old bricks exactly back in place, we should stop and think: perhaps they fell for a reason.
Because God is longsuffering, many of us failed to see that characteristic as Him extending His arm of mercy. We, on the contrary, took that as a free pass to do as we pleased. Therefore, we constructed brick-by-brick, self-serving monstrosities disregarding what matters the most—like caring for the poor, loving our neighbors, putting no other gods before Him. The world has pushed God aside; however, He is not the One to be pushed; His longsuffering won’t last forever.
While reading Jeremiah 5, verse 29 struck my attention: Should I sit back and act as though nothing is going on? The Lord God asks. Shouldn’t I punish a nation such as this? (LAB)
There are lines we better not cross.
We shouldn’t remove ourselves from the events that happened in the Old Testament. As I have suggested before, we can learn quite a bit about what’s happening today by researching what happened long ago. God has not changed. But as I think about it, people haven’t changed either. Back then, the mighty mistreated the weak—the same thing is happening today; false prophets misled the misinformed—the same thing is happening today; people worshiped idols—still, the same thing is happening today.
Before we start restoring those fallen bricks, it’s time to change our prayers from telling God how we want Him to rebuild our lives—to asking Him: What do You want us to build instead?
By faith, we must pray: Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven (Matthew 6:10).
It all fell for a reason.
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