When God Sends Us A Wake up Call
9-11... another defining moment in a long line of tragedies that should have caused us to turn to God. But here we are 15 years later, more entrenched in our sin than ever before. Was 9-11 God's judgment on our nation? Perhaps. I do know it was part of judgment. We abort more children every single day in America than died on 9-11. Yes... we kill more of our own in the womb every day than the Muslim terrorists killed on that disastrous day. Since 9-11-2001, Americans have legally slaughtered over 15,000,000 (15 million) American babies in the womb. So if 9-11 was judgment, it was a terribly light judgment... a slap on the wrist, if you will. God tries to get our attention, and we keep turning away. It is not sustainable.
Scripture tells us that God made the statement, “My Spirit will not remain (or strive) with mankind forever, because they are corrupt." Genesis 6:3
God doesn't wipe out the whole world today as He did at the flood. He pushes judgment back. This is mercy. It is grace. But it is also dangerous for us. We can easily think that there is no judgment because God is not dishing it out as deserved. God's patience should not be interpreted as permissiveness. Instead we should see His purpose in His practice.
Paul exhorts us with these words, "Do you despise the riches of His kindness, restraint, and patience, not recognizing that God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repentance?" Romans 2:4
He goes onto point out that mercy is seasonal... "But because of your hardness and unrepentant heart you are storing up wrath for yourself in the day of wrath, when God’s righteous judgment is revealed. He will repay each one according to his works: eternal life to those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor, and immortality; but wrath and indignation to those who are self-seeking and disobey the truth but are obeying unrighteousness; affliction and distress for every human being who does evil, first to the Jew, and also to the Greek; but glory, honor, and peace for everyone who does what is good, first to the Jew, and also to the Greek. There is no favoritism with God." Romans 2:5-11
God is good when we are obedient. God is good when we rebel. God sustains us through His goodness. He sends us wake-up calls to bring us back to Himself. Today He is drawing us. Let us turn back to our God while He is still calling, and live lives of true repentance.
There is never a bad time to turn to God, but there during which we must turn to Him. The prophet Isaiah says, "Seek the Lord while He may be found; call upon Him while He is near. Let the wicked on abandon his way and the sinful one his thoughts; let him return to the Lord, so that He may have compassion on him and to our God, for He will freely forgive." Isaiah 55:6-7
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