Amos 4:1-6:14 / Revelation 2:18-3:6 / Psalm 130:1-8 / Proverbs 29:21-22
“”So two or three cities wandered to another city to drink water, but they were not satisfied; yet you have not returned to Me, says the Lord. I blasted you with blight and mildew. When your gardens increased, your vineyards, your fig trees, and your olive trees, the locusts devoured them; yet you have not returned to Me, says the Lord.”
God allows a series of disasters to fall upon Israel in the hopes that they would wake up and turn their hearts to Him. Just like with Israel, His desire is for us to realize our deep need for Him. Sometimes He allows difficulties and disasters for the purpose of clearing our spiritual haze and getting us thinking rightly. His end goal (in using painful circumstances) is that we would run back to Him, acknowledge Him and allow Him to walk WITH us THROUGH the particular challenges we are facing.
If we endure a challenge crying out to the Lord for help, and then return to our old lifestyle of being “captain of our own ship” when the tough times have ended, not only do we cheat the Lord, we cheat ourselves. When we live our lives apart from Him, we wander through life aimlessly, missing out on His supernatural peace, abundant provision, and the adventure He created us to be on with Him.
Some people say “being a Christian is really hard.” The reality is, being a Christian and walking life out with the Lord is the easiest, most clear-cut, life-saving, life-bringing choice a person could ever make! Living close to the Lord, knowing Him and trusting Him is far and away easier than walking through life on our own without purpose, direction, safety or meaning – NO QUESTION!