2 Chronicles 16:9 (NIV)
“For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to give strong support to those whose heart is blameless toward him. You have done foolishly in this, for from now on you will have wars.”
John 10:25-28 (NIV)
“25 Jesus answered them, “I told you, and you do not believe. 26 The works that I do in my Father’s name bear witness about me, but you do not believe because you are not among my sheep. 27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.”
Matthew 10:32 (MSG)
“Stand up for me against world opinion and I’ll stand up for you before my Father in heaven. If you turn tail and run, do you think I’ll cover for you?”
It’s not like we don’t know already, but we’d like to think we can do it on our own, that we don’t need no help from that stinkin’ God, that overreaching, overbearing, know-it-all, stinking God.
We wring our hands, fret and stew, worry, buy some protection, install a security system, volunteer a couple times a year; yet we worry because we’re still at war, the battle is being lost, uncertainty is increasing, and it’s coming closer to home every minute.
Our worlds are merging, faster and faster, and it doesn’t look so pretty. We, as a whole, don’t believe. We want a co-pilot, not a pilot. We choose a god that approves of what we want to do, not follow a God who leads us to what we should do.
It’s not that we don’t know this in our hearts, it’s that we don’t want to hear it, don’t want to believe it, don’t want to live that way. It’s why we’re called a stiff necked and ungrateful people. There’s a cost for that.
That’s why I’ll stand up for my Lord in the face of withering criticism, because He is who He says He is, and those who rail against Him are who He says they are. Having seen the conflict from both sides, I find it amazing how much power Satan has in this world, how neatly he has packaged and marketed it, and how many people have bought a life time subscription.
It’s not like we don’t know the answer; it’s just that the answer doesn’t work like we want it to so we walk away.
We walk away to leave the pain, poverty, brokenness, sickness, marginalize someone else’s problem. He can help if we let Him, otherwise it’s wars.