What Did We Expect?
“I can’t believe all this is going on,” seems to be a popular phrase these days. But God’s response to the shock of the people is, “Why are you so surprised, what did you expect?” Many have rejected God as king and we have chosen other kings; and we are now experiencing the fruit of our allegiance. We have chosen greed, lust, vanity, worldly success and principles, over a holy non-compromising God. These things have become an idol for us, and we have sacrificed our allegiance to God on their altars. So yes, we should believe what is going on. It should not be a surprise to us. When we reject God as king, chaos is inevitable! God wants to be there for us, but if we have uninvited him from being king of our lives, then we should expect a big mess like we have now! What is the remedy to this mess we are in? Contrary to popular beliefs, they will not find the remedy in government, a vaccine, money, or legislation that pushes for equality for all. While these things may appear good on the surface, they don’t address the posture of our hearts. The remedy is repentance. Having a contrite heart and owning our sin is the best place to start. We can’t cry out to God to fix the mess we made while still holding on to our idols. We must come before him broken and weeping. We must confess the sins of the nation, the compromise in the church and in our own life. Our hearts have been fickle, yet He has been faithful and constant. I pray that we will do more than just rehearse 2 Chronicles 7:14 because we know it is the right verse to quote during a time like this. I pray that we will implement this verse in our corporate and private times of worship.
About the Author
Anika Jones is a speaker and author of the book Lessons Learned Along The Way: A 40 Day Devotional. She blogs about faith and family at LivingForLater.com and posts weekly videos on her YouTube channels, Living For Later (@livingforlater) and Living Life Now (@livinglifenow). Anika loves speaking about developing intimacy with God and understanding who we are in Christ. She serves alongside her husband in ministry. They live in Illinois with their 6 children.