Hard times are all around and the Christian family has not been excluded. Many are living through the most difficult time they have truly ever experienced. Sin waxes worse and worse. The financial realm has produced seemingly unbearable stress, as Christian families try to wade through this economic drought. Maybe you have suffered the loss of a loved one, the loss of a job, the loss of your home, the loss of your partner or spouse, or have watched as your wayward child follows a path of his own. You may even feel justified to cry out in desperation, “What’s the use of serving God? What have we gained by obeying His commands?” as recorded in Malachi 3:14.
For a time, it may appear that the heathen is even more blessed than you, a faithful man or woman of God. Malachi 3:15 says, “From now on we will say, ‘Blessed are the arrogant; for those who do evil get rich and those who dare God to punish them go free.” As we glance around this world, everything doesn’t appear just and fair. Those who have worked so diligently, served so faithfully, and lived a life of humility are finding themselves “seemingly” living beneath the glamour of the riches and carefree life of the heathen.
But, hold on my friend! Your day is coming! The day of the heathen will fade as quickly as it arrived, but the life of the faithful will live throughout eternity. The wisdom of Proverbs tells us, “Above everything else, Guard your heart! For out of it, flows your entire life. Look straight ahead! Fix your eyes on what lies ahead(the plan God has destined for your life) and mark out a straight path before you! Stick to this path, do not get side-tracked. Keep your feet from following evil. (Proverbs 4:23,26,27)
There is coming a day where justice shall be perfected. The last part of Malachi chapter 3 is my favorite: Verse 16-18 says, “Then those who feared the Lord spoke to one another and the Lord listened to what they said. In His presence, a scroll of remembrance was written to record the names of those who feared Him and loved to think about Him! And the Lord replied, These shall be Mine! On the day that I act, they will be my own special treasures. I will spare them as a father spares an obedient child.
Then, you will once again see the “distinction” between the righteous and the wicked, between those who love Me and those who do not!”
I encourage you today not to allow your faith to fail you. Continue along the path of obedience and faithfulness as a Child of the Most High. For the “Day of Distinction” is upon us and I assure you, it will ALL be worth it!
Our lives have purpose! From the moment we enter this earthly realm, flesh fights for dominance. We see it in a new-born crying infant who screams for it’s own demands. It is evident in a toddler who pitches a fit when his requests are simply denied. In the life of a teenager, it can be described as rebellion, but the course of this battle does not cease as an adult until our lives are fully surrendered to God and His great plan. Our flesh is the enemy of God...Romans 8:7. For it continuously declares: I WANT!!!! On the other hand, surrender says on a daily basis: I GIVE!!!! I give you my heart, Lord. I give you my plans! I give you my dreams! I give you my mind complete with all of the thoughts, imaginations, and attitudes I have learned and created.
In our quest to have our own way in life we can make quite a mess of things. Often, we have allowed our flesh so much control that it may seem impossible to retract and begin again. This is one of satan’s greatest delusions. He wants you to believe that you have failed one too many times...that you have sinned too badly for God to ever forgive you or accept you again as one of His children. Sometimes, we even feel so far off the path God desired for our life that we cannot see any way to ever walk that path successfully again. The devil is banking on YOU believing that your road to forgiveness is too heavily paved with failure to ever be erased.
Proverbs 28:13 says, “People who cover their sins will not prosper! But, if they CONFESS and FORSAKE them, they will have mercy.” In other words, if we deny that we even have a sin or failure issue and choose rather to cover up our lifestyle then we will never prosper. However, to receive mercy (a second, third, fourth chance) from our Father, all that is required is that we ACKNOWLEDGE our sin and shortcomings and RUN from them! God requires us to OWN OUR FAILURES and stop making excuses for them. Two of the strongest spirits at work in the earth today are “the spirit of entitlement and the spirit of blame”. Everyone feels entitled to the blessed life when they have made few choices to acquire it. If we can just blame the consequences of our choices on everyone and everything else then we are free to feel justified. My friend, this is a trap!
Look deep into your own life today. Accept the advice of Proverbs. Confess your own sins to God and forsake the road you have traveled. A blessed and fulfilled life is waiting out there for you! Stop trying to figure your entire future out TODAY! The road to happiness is not paved with huge leaps, but with small, consistent and deliberate steps. Jesus himself even said, “Whoever desires to follow Me must DENY himself and take up his cross DAILY.” (Luke 9:23)