But without faith it is impossible to [walk with God and] please Him, for whoever comes [near] to God must [necessarily] believe that God exists and that He rewards those who [earnestly and diligently] seek Him.Hebrews 11:6 AMP
What’s the remedy for our discontent? Living a life of faith.
Corrective actions are taking place on a scale like I’ve never seen before in my short time here on this Earth.
Idolatry, greed and selfish ambition have run rampant in our civilization for too long and now we’re facing the consequences of our choices.
What pleases God? Obedience. Specifically, obedience to His commandments. More specifically, obedience to His voice, to the leading of His Spirit.
Jesus Christ is our King. He is Lord and He is Savior. He is not dead. He has been resurrected from the dead to prove once and for all that He cannot die. Our God has eternal life and He shares it freely with all who would come to Him.
Salvation is free. Being a disciple will cost you everything.
Certainly, the promise of eternal life and freedom from the consequences and power of sin make salvation look rewarding. You can read Revelation 21 for yourself to see both sides of God’s offer to humanity.
Salvation, placing your trust in Jesus, is the start of a neverending journey. Technically, salvation occurs at judgment and we eagerly await our salvation when Jesus returns.
However, when we enter into a relationship with God, when we become born again, we get to take part in all the promises of God to those who are faithful. We’re living from our future state of complete sanctification by faith while we endure suffering in these mortal bodies.
You see, faith is all you need. It is the key that unlocks the door to all that Heaven promises to be. We will be resurrected. We will receive glorified bodies like the one our Lord has now. Everything that God promises is true. He cannot lie. It is not in His nature. We are partakers of the divine nature.
What am I trying to say? The world that you trusted to meet your needs is going away. God is removing our safety net. There will be more plagues, more natural disasters, more wars, more uprisings. It’s guaranteed. It’s been prophesied thousands of years ago.
This is not an occasion to get fearful or panic. This is not an excuse to turn from God and seek to satisfy our flesh. This is not the end of the world. Just the beginning of the end.
We must be willing to make radical changes in the way we live. Many are already having these changes imposed on us out of concern for public health. That’s a good sign. We’re caring about the welfare of others more than ourselves for a change. That’s something to be hopeful about.
God is good and everything He does has a purpose that will ultimately bring glory to Him. God is merciful. He is sending this pandemic upon us to get us ready for the next one. His kindness leads us to repentance. We knew this was coming, but did we prepare or did we put our heads in the sand? If we had placed a moratorium on all international travel immediately upon hearing of the outbreak in China, we would not be in our current situation.
Hopefully, we learn from this and are more diligent in the future. Consider those of us living in an earthquake zone. How prepared are we for a major disruption in food and water distribution? I think we are all in for a rude awakening.
But I digress. We must look for the good in every challenging circumstance. Families are spending more time at home together. Neighbors are looking out for each other. Idolatry and sinful lifestyles are not being promoted as much. People are praying more. We are reexamining our priorities. It’s funny how when death is imminent we wake up to reality.
So what’s next? The world offers no guarantees except that it will bankrupt your soul as you pursue worthless things that don’t matter at all in the end. The devil is no better. He just wants to enslave you to sin to keep you in torment. Your flesh is a cruel master. Its impulses would tell you it’s right, but the end of it is always debauchery and wasteful living.
The only One with a rational answer is God. He promises life and freedom. He offers healing, deliverance, peace and blessings. God is the One with our best interests at heart. He proved it by going to the Cross to set us free even while we were still His enemies.
You’re never going to find anything better than a life lived in devotion to Jesus. Nothing else will give you the joy, peace and serenity that a relationship with God offers. Trust me, I’ve tried most of the alternatives, and they all left me wanting.
When you drink from the well that God offers us of His Spirit, you will never thirst again. God offers it freely.
How do I always end up here? Promoting a life dedicated to God as the answer to all of life’s challenges? Because it’s true. It’s the Good News of the Kingdom of God. It’s the most important information to be understood in the universe. If you don’t get this right, your whole life is a waste. If you get it right, everyday is a continual feast.
Father God, thank You for Your mercy and Your patience towards us. Forgive us of our sins. Thank You for reminding us of what’s important to You. Awaken our hearts to love You more than anything else. Set our hearts on fire for You. We want to do Your will. We want to offer our bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to You. This is our reasonable act of worship. Fill us today with Your Holy Spirit and lead us to do Your will and to speak Your words. You are our God and our King and we give You all the praise and glory and worship. Amen