Now is the time to Repent

I must admit. I have been very hesitant to write this post but I feel it is a message that needs to get out. Now is the time to be in sorrow for our sins and to repent to the Lord! I have been extremely restless in Spirit these past few weeks. While the Missionhog has had opportunities recently to participate in outreach to elderly shut ins to help them purchase and deliver food supplies we also were blessed to get back in touch with an old local friend, someone we have known and witnessed too for some time. Praise the Lord he has decided to give his life to Christ, is in a recovery program for alcohol addiction, and we are working with to disciple a new local soldier of Christ.

While we must take every opportunity to be obedient to the leading of Christ there has been this sinking feeling in my heart. I sought God alone before sunrise and things became clear. We are in the midst of a global warning from God. Unless you believe that a global pandemic is a blessing from God to those in obedience to him I will have to conclude that this is a warning and punishment for idolatry.

Numbers 16 gives a story about Moses and Aaron against Korah’s rebellion. There was a man named Korah who conspired to incite a rebellion against Moses (and God). What was the root of this? I believe that the root was idolatry. They lusted for the good things of life and when it wasn’t immediately granted to them they started to murmur and complain against God probably saying “We are also God’s people, who is Moses to make all the decisions? We can do a better job than him.” Look at verse 11-14 and it becomes clear.

“The Lord is the one you and your followers are really revolting against! For who is Aaron that you are complaining about him?” Then Moses summoned Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab, but they replied, “We refuse to come before you!  Isn’t it enough that you brought us out of Egypt, a land flowing with milk and honey, to kill us here in this wilderness, and that you now treat us like your subjects? What’s more, you haven’t brought us into another land flowing with milk and honey. You haven’t given us a new homeland with fields and vineyards. Are you trying to fool these men? We will not come.” (Numbers 16: 11-14, NLT)

So basically what we have here are those that only cared about living a rich and prosperous life in comfort. There is nothing wrong with God blessing you with the comforts of life at times the point of this being what is our true focus? Is our hearts and minds truly fixed on Christ or is it a random afterthought?

Plagues are sent as a warning and judgement upon a land. Will we wake up and repent of our idols? The idols of materialism? The idols of greed? The idols of drugs and alcohol? The idols of houses, cars, and gadgets? Even today the modern American is completely consumed with useless social media and clicking refresh constantly to see the latest minute by minute “news”. We need to use this time wisely to detox from the things of this world. We need to use this time to repent to God of our idolatry.

Please use this time wisely, not to get distracted by the routines and cares of the world. Not to get distracted by the economy and the stock market. Not to get distracted by what government response is happening. Let me be clear. I am not saying to not be informed and take proper measures to make wise plans or preparations that God is leading you to take. What I am saying is that a general focus can easily become and idolatrous addiction as you sink into a type of infatuation that consumes all your time or energy on a subject. God is giving us a great opportunity to mostly shut down and become infatuated with Him again and his grace. Put God back first in all things and we will work things out. Can we trust in God? Do we trust in God? Time will tell as the testing grounds get more difficult. Make your choice today, will you serve God wholeheartedly or serve the idols of the land?

I gave you land you had not worked on, and I gave you towns you did not build—the towns where you are now living. I gave you vineyards and olive groves for food, though you did not plant them. “So fear the Lord and serve him wholeheartedly. Put away forever the idols your ancestors worshiped when they lived beyond the Euphrates River and in Egypt. Serve the Lord alone. But if you refuse to serve the Lord, then choose today whom you will serve. Would you prefer the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates? Or will it be the gods of the Amorites in whose land you now live? But as for me and my family, we will serve the Lord.” The people replied, “We would never abandon the Lord and serve other gods. For the Lord our God is the one who rescued us and our ancestors from slavery in the land of Egypt. He performed mighty miracles before our very eyes. As we traveled through the wilderness among our enemies, he preserved us. It was the Lord who drove out the Amorites and the other nations living here in the land. So we, too, will serve the Lord, for he alone is our God.” Then Joshua warned the people, “You are not able to serve the Lord, for he is a holy and jealous God. He will not forgive your rebellion and your sins. If you abandon the Lord and serve other gods, he will turn against you and destroy you, even though he has been so good to you.” But the people answered Joshua, “No, we will serve the Lord!” “You are a witness to your own decision,” Joshua said. “You have chosen to serve the Lord.” “Yes,” they replied, “we are witnesses to what we have said.” “All right then,” Joshua said, “destroy the idols among you, and turn your hearts to the Lord, the God of Israel.” (Joshua 24:13-24, NLT)

As for the Missionhog, we have made our choice to follow God! In Jesus name, Amen.

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