How’s That Working Out For You?
I love the amazingly powerful way God uses his voice. Listen to some descriptors from Psalm 29:4-9 NLT
“The voice of the Lord echoes above the sea… it thunders… it’s powerful and majestic. The voice of the Lord splits mighty cedar trees, makes mountains skip like calves. It strikes with bolts of lightning, makes the wilderness quake and strips forests bare.”
Wow! Makes you glad that God also has an ‘inside voice!’
But sometimes the most powerful voice He uses with us is when He inquires as to why we’ve done (or not done) certain things. He asks questions that require we stop and consider.
For instance, in John 21:5 we find this question: “Fellows, have you caught any fish?” Keep in mind, this was God asking the question… before they pulled their net into their boat, Jesus knew it was empty. He knows every embarrassed muffled response…every acknowledgement that things aren’t going very well… He knows it all before He even asks the question.
It’s his way of asking “And how’s that working out for you?”
Notice Proverbs 29:13 NLT: “The poor and the oppressor have this in common – the Lord gives sight to the eyes of both.” The oppressed and the oppressor both have eyes… but the wicked choose not to see.
Believers better take notice and see what God is saying.
This present culture will not get better, fairer or kinder – it will refuse to see how we’ve gotten here. Their indifference to their Creator has brought our nation to its knees. Don’t expect them to understand or memorize Proverbs 29:2 (NLT). “When the godly are in authority, the people rejoice. But when the wicked are in power, they groan.”
We desperately need God’s help in saving America.
So God is asking us… not them: “How’s this working out for you?”
Are we willing to admit our shame for allowing things to get out of hand by our ‘live and let live’ response to those who do things that produce death and decay? Can we stand with courage for righteousness over sin?
Can we be brave enough to share his heart to those around us or are we afraid that God’s tough love will destroy instead of heal?
“God, put us into the thick of this eternal battle. May there not be the slightest doubt as to whose side we have chosen to join. Help us open your great heart to the hurting and disillusioned around us. Amen!”
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