THIS WEEK: Lead Me to the Cross…Find the Snake…Find the Cross!
Not always, but sometimes…
God allows tough situations to wake us up and turn from a path that is spiritually destructive.
I just hope it’s not snakes…like he did for Israel.
I hate snakes.
But maybe that’s the point.
When we are fed up and start complaining against God for the situation we are in and blaming him for our circumstances, we need a wake-up call. God could allow worse. Sin is serious and God wants us to realize that.
For Israel he sent snakes…poisonous ones. Ones that led to the loss of life.
Number 21:6 Then the Lord sent venomous snakes among them; they bit the people and many Israelites died.
I suppose we could react to this and get even more mad at God and simply turn from God and try to outrun the snakes. (Pretty sure I can guess how that will end up!)
Or we could wake up and see into our heart the sin that God desires we acknowledge and repent of. Israel got it. (Better choice.)
Numbers 21:7 The people came to Moses and said, “We sinned when we spoke against the Lord and against you. Pray that the Lord will take the snakes away from us.” So Moses prayed for the people.
I am not going to try to label every hardship in your life as God calling you to repentance for some sin you committed. However, when we reach a point of being fed up with something in life and begin to blame God for it, it is now a sin that is captivating our heart. We may believe God is out to punish us. Truth is, God is out to save us from our sin and its eternal consequences. If necessary, he’s willing to take extreme measures to turn our heart away from sin and back to him.
God, in his justice, could have wiped out all of Israel. But he didn’t. He wanted to wake up all of Israel.
Same is true for us.
When I’m fed up with God, God wants me to wake up. Wake up and return to him.
Here’s his promise:
1 John 1:8 If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
God wants nothing more than the hearts of people to trust him…always. God wants nothing more than people to live with him forever…everyone.
So next time you reach a point where you are fed up, consider God may be calling you to wake up. Wake up, repent, and receive his love and grace once again.
Apply: Is there a situation in life for which you are blaming God and struggling to not do so? Try this. Acknowledge the hurt you experienced to God. Repent of blaming God for it. Ask God to give you strength to see the spiritual blessing that he desires to work out of a very difficult physical situation.
Prayer: Lord, lead me to trust you always. Forgive me when I blame you for things my sin creates in life. Help me when I am fed up to wake up to your call to repent and live. Amen.