When plague replaces prosperity

When the Almighty withholds the rains or commands some other calamity, such as a plague, we are quick to blame the wicked darklings for bringing down the Lord’s punishment.

Yet 2 Chronicles 7:14 explains v.13 very differently: “Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray, seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.”

So many church people take the Lord’s name in vain. We throw away his gifts of time, talent, and treasure on pagan pursuits, instead of pursuing Kingdom justice and making disciples. We “enjoy” what we call “worship,” rather than fall on our faces in awe before the Majestic One. Mountains and mice tremble at his greatness, while mankind gathers once a week for a concert and stand-up routine.

Is God unjust to grow weary of such insults? Do we even recognize the wickedness of choosing our own “good” lives, instead of walking in the ways he has chosen for us? When plague comes before him and fever follows in his steps, when the vines are bare and our barns empty (Habakkuk 3), will we turn from our wickedness and give him the honor he deserves? Or will we blame confused souls who walk in darkness and look to mortal kings for deliverance?

Now is the time for confession and repentance. Today is the day of salvation. Multitudes wait in the valley of decision. What will God’s people do?

About Mark Kelly

Jesus follower, Bible reader, husband/father/son/brother/uncle/grandfather, hiker, writer/editor, snapshooter
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