Business As Usual...?
Recent happenings around the world have brought about a lot of adjustments in the lifestyle of many. People have relocated their homes, businesses and even places of worship to safer locations for the protection of their lives and property. Security is now said to be a collective responsibility, not just for the police, but for all. Many go about their daily activities with a sense of caution. Because they fear anything can happen at any time, they strive to be at the right place at the right time, and all these rightly so. But when it comes to applying such level of caution to their spiritual lives, many seem to be laid back and indifferent. We seem to forget that man is a spirit, who possesses a soul and lives in a body, thus, when life ends here on earth it begins somewhere else (John 5:29 and Hebrews 9:7).
In scriptures we see Jesus speak about His return in a manner that should bring caution and adjustments to our daily lives too. He said “as it was in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of man. They ate, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage until the day that Noah entered the ark and the flood came and destroyed them all. Likewise as it was in the days of Lot, they ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built, but on the day Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all. Even so it will be in the day when the Son of man is revealed” (Luke 17:26-30). You will agree with me that such warnings should have brought reverence for God in the hearts of the people in Noah’s time, but it didn't! For all of them, it was still business as usual. God even waited patiently for hundred years while the ark was being built; they simply ignored Him and kept on walking in their evil ways until it was too late.
Unfortunately, the same symptoms of lack of the fear of the Lord are equally evident in our time. There are many who want all the privileges of a son of God, yet do not want to embrace His discipline. Beloved we have entered the season of building ‘the ark of our salvation’, that’s why Jesus Christ in His mercy is beginning to whisper warnings to us of things that are sure to come, so that we can begin to move with reverential fear and trembling. People had never seen floods in Noah’s time but rain fell until it flooded the whole earth, they never saw fire fall from the sky before in Lot’s time but it fell with brimstone. Heb 11:7 says “Noah being divinely warned of things not yet seen moved with holy fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household by which he condemned the world...” As we wait patiently for the Savior, Jesus Christ, we must all begin to pray for the restoration of the fear of God in our hearts and of those in our sphere of influence. It is time to truthfully live up to the truth we have attained in Him (Philippians 3:16). For the man or woman who would diligently seek God in this season will escape the coming judgment that is coming in the day the Jesus Christ will be revealed. However, the Lord makes a solemn promise in Psalm 32:6 for as many that will sincerely turn to Him: “for this cause everyone who is godly shall pray to you when you may be found, surely in a flood of great waters, they shall not come near him”. God bless you.