God’s eyes run to and fro throughout the whole earth in order to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him. His eyes settled on Noah who was doing something right. What could that have been? We could guess by the way he was described, that he had a relationship with God and spoke of Him freely; we could surmise that as a family man, he ran a tight ship (no pun intended, but it works:); we see that he was obedient and most likely mocked and judged; probably considered the neighborhood loon. Chances are better than great that he was accused of being judgmental, critical, hateful; and if he would have had a Facebook page, I know he would have had only four friends…maybe seven. But guess what…Noah was right! I wonder if as he floated away he screamed out of one of those portholes….”I TOLD YOU SO!!!.”
pontificating with my sister the other day on the phone the other day with my sister, the same one I would spend hours on the phone with cussing and carrying on about our views on life and stuff and during this conversation we touched on how far we’ve come from those days…how much our views on life and stuff have changed only because we have changed…thank God, we have changed! 🙂
I lived hard for the devil before I said yes to Christ, so it’s not surprising to anyone who knew me back then to see me live hard for Jesus now. I was passionate about every view I pontificated about; held them hard and fast and would step up to whomever disrespected (or even disagreed with me). A pastor I know once talked about having “bull dog faith” and he related the story of how strong his dog’s jaws were when they locked onto something. He would play tug of war with him and his dog would be lifted off of the ground in a spin and no matter how fast he was spun, he was not going to let go of that rag. That was me before Jesus and not much has changed, except I’m on the winning side now!
The part of the scripture above that has stayed with me since we began our study on Genesis in our bible study is how grieved God was with man. I was touched at how God had such high hopes for man from the beginning only to have man’s incessant desire to oppose God; man’s disregard and disrespect of God; man’s desire to be like God, keep him from experiencing life as God had intended. How sad that not much has changed and how daunting the feeling that I have that a reset or “redo” is due. Last week we touched on the Tower of Babel and how unity which opposed God’s direction had to be broken up, but how telling the strength of unity is when God Himself said, “Indeed, the people are one and they have one language, and this is what they begin to do; now nothing that they propose to do will be withheld from them.” Oh that we (His people who are called by His name) could say that to be the case regarding the full counsel of His word now.
How grieved God must be to see the body of Christ fractured once again, looking anything but united. How grieved must He be to know that the Bible, His word speaking to us, remains the most popular book never read; never obeyed. How grieved must He be to hear His people say, God’s choice will be the President, when He’s given us the ability to choose and to do so with His heart and His will in mind as WE choose. Last I heard, God doesn’t vote. How grieved must He be when He raises men and women of the word to declare His word fully and they don’t or are afraid to do so for fear of losing what doesn’t belong to them anyway; and even more grieved when His word is twisted and not even believed by those He’s raised to shepherd HIS people! How grieved must He be when we thumb our noses at His word which is really clear on marriage; on killing; on Israel, the Apple of His eye. How grieved must He be? Only time will tell just how grieved.
I’m praying…more fervently than ever that the remnant would arise and declare His word over our nation; our families; our churches; God’s people (all of them); that the righteous would rise up and be heard; that we stop grieving God, whose hand shall remain on our country; on our families; our churches; His people (all of them) as long as He can search the world and find someone He can show Himself strong on behalf of, whose heart is loyal to Him…will that someone be you?
“If My people, who are called by My name, shall humble themselves, pray, seek, crave, and require of necessity My face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, forgive their sin, and heal their land. NOW my eyes will be open and My ears attentive to prayer offered in this place.” 2Chronicles 7:14-15 AMP