The other day, I read about how the Israelites’contentious dispositions led to their downfall. The insolence had vexed Moses’ patience for decades as they wandered around in the wilderness grumbling, complaining, and intermittently worshiping idols—despite all the mighty miracles God performed for them.
As I read, one incident especially caught my attention. The time when a prominent leader named Korah and 250 others tried to encourage the Israelites to go against Moses and Aaron’s authority. Their attitude was: Why take orders from them?
Now here’s the part where I gasped. The ground opened—and those who chose to rebel—fell into a pit—then the earth closed!
And the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed them up, and their houses, and all the men that appertained unto Korah, and all their goods.
33 They, and all that appertained to them, went down alive into the pit, and the earth closed upon them: and they perished from among the congregation (Numbers 16:32-34).
God wasn’t playing then, and He ain’t playing now!
You might describe me as a little peculiar because I like to parallel today’s corrupt times with the Old Testament days. But I find the similarities between then and now amazing. Don’t waste your time trying to convince me that God’s love wouldn’t allow devastation to come upon us as it did back then. I’m tired of tiptoeing around it—Yes, He would!
God’s not trying to say something; He is saying something.
We’re telling God, please stop, no more! But I see it as Him sending us all kinds of signals and messages to take Him seriously. Step back and take a panoramic view of all that’s attacking the world. Some of us got the memo and, by faith, making appropriate changes to meet His Holy Standards to the best of our abilities.
On the other hand, some are counting on God’s grace to bail them out without repentance. I’m afraid people who think like that are unaware God is omniscient; He knows who sincerely loves Him for Who He is, and not just a quick get out of hell ticket when times get hard. John 14:15 sums it up; If you love Me, you will keep my commandments.
Think about this: How many times does the Holy Spirit have to caution us about excluding Him out of our lives? How many warnings do we get not to water down His Word? Does He have to keep telling us over-and-over again to love everybody, including our enemies? Do we understand when He told us in Matthew 6:19-20 that earthly possessions will decompose; therefore, put our sites on heavenly treasures?
It’s comforting and encouraging to hear about how much God loves us and that He wants the best for us. But the way things are coming at us from all angles, we need to hear the full gospel; more straightforward, strict teachings about living a life of holiness no matter who opposes, because
He Ain’t Playing—Y’all!
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