Tuesday, August 4, 2020
Quarantine - a Waiting in Mercy, a Time to Repent?
1 Chronicles 12.32 speaks of men who knew, who discerned.
There are things we can only truly know by the Spirit -
truth known in a realm beyond emotion, instinct or thought.
If we are not illuminated by the Spirit of God,
we are inevitably mistaken in our judgement of the world around us.
We live amidst a profusion of voices.
We cannot know the times in which we live,
if we only depend on others who profess to hear.
We cannot trust any voice except that which comes to us from God.
I hear so many affirmations of the great work which God is about to do in the not too distant future, and I am disturbed.
What is the measure of our searching,
our surrender and our obedience to God?
Is what we hear about us "revelation" or is it not much more than fanciful thinking?
We always think that there is a tomorrow when things will be again as they are today - or perhaps better.
Maybe we need to ask the basic question, will there even be a tomorrow as
Voices from the past are stilled:
for years God has had His messengers preaching words of warning -
I think of David Wilkerson and my father pouring out their heart's
in a burning cry.
But that time is past.
After Noah had preached righteousness and built the ark for one hundred and twenty years.,
God brought judgement to the earth.
The ark was finished ... but God waited seven more days before the door was closed.
Heb 3:15 says: "To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts."
There had been one hundred and twenty years of Noah's preaching righteousness,
and yet after all these years God gave yet seven more days for mercy, for repentance.
I wonder if we are not in the time of the "seven days";
I wonder if this time of quarantine is not a time in which God still waits
- waits for our response before pouring out destruction.
I wonder if time is more advanced than we think.
I wonder if our way of life is at an end, except for the short days of mercy.
The verse of Hebrews 3.15 comes to mind:
"To day if ye will hear his voice,
harden not your hearts, as in the provocation."
Mercy calls us, and God awaits our reaction.
"The secret of the Lord is with them that fear Him." (Ps. 25.14)
Do we fear Him?
Do we know His secret?
God's ear is ever open to the cries of His own and they will not be forsaken.
Let us fear God alone,
and let us seek God alone.