Is it God's fault?
It amazes me to no end that the longest running book in print and the best-selling book of all times is not being read or believed. If people who own a Bible would actually read it, not simply accepting what’s being taught, but actually reading, studying, and proving to themselves that what’s being taught is true or false, they would come to an understanding that all that is happening in the world today cannot be blamed on anybody but themselves and the God of the Bible.
Yeah, go ahead and blame it on God! But, don’t forget to go look in the mirror. God has always said, “Be my people, and I will be your God, and I will bless you.” He also said, “Curse me, worship other gods, and I will curse you.” Read the Bible and you’ll find that God did exactly that with his chosen people throughout their history. He would send a people more wicked than they to punish them, and take them into captivity. Knowing that God will bring about the destruction of a land (Ezekiel 7 -- the destruction of Jerusalem), people ought to take notice and heed the prior warnings given by God and his prophets.
[Haggai 1:1-15] “In the second year of King Darius, on the first day of the sixth month, the word of the Lord came through the prophet Haggai to Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and to Joshua son of Jozadak, the high priest: This is what the Lord Almighty says: “These people say, ‘The time has not yet come to rebuild the Lord’s house.’” Then the word of the Lord came through the prophet Haggai: “Is it a time for you yourselves to be living in your paneled houses, while this house remains a ruin?”
Now this is what the Lord Almighty says: “Give careful thought to your ways. You have planted much, but harvested little. You eat, but never have enough. You drink, but never have your fill. You put on clothes, but are not warm. You earn wages, only to put them in a purse with holes in it.”
This is what the Lord Almighty says: “Give careful thought to your ways. Go up into the mountains and bring down timber and build my house, so that I may take pleasure in it and be honored,” says the Lord. “You expected much, but see, it turned out to be little. What you brought home, I blew away. Why?” declares the Lord Almighty.
“Because of my house, which remains a ruin, while each of you is busy with your own house. Therefore, because of you the heavens have withheld their dew and the earth its crops. I called for a drought on the fields and the mountains, on the grain, the new wine, the olive oil and everything else the ground produces, on people and livestock, and on all the labor of your hands.
“Then Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, Joshua son of Jozadak, the high priest, and the whole remnant of the people obeyed the voice of the Lord their God and the message of the prophet Haggai, because the Lord their God had sent him. And the people feared the Lord. Then Haggai, the Lord’s messenger, gave this message of the Lord to the people: “I am with you,” declares the Lord. So the Lord stirred up the spirit of Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and the spirit of Joshua son of Jozadak, the high priest, and the spirit of the whole remnant of the people ...”
The “me” generation has forgotten God and is centered on self, building their own house, neglecting they themselves are to be the temple of God (2 Corinthians 6:16). We will lose our independence, rights, and freedoms under our scripturally based Constitution if our citizens continue to tell God, “I have no need of your governance anymore.”
Thomas W. Bonham is an associate minister with the Floresville Church of Christ. Email him at email@example.com. Find his column on his blog at http://wilsoncountynews.com.
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