Monday, March 28, 2011

Be Careful Of Complacency

Heavenly Father, I come before your throne of grace, with head bowed, and heart humbled to tell you thank you.  Father I thank you for life this morning.  I thank you for health, strength, and soundness of mind.  I thank you Father, for the covering you have bestowed on my family and me.  I thank you for a sanctuary to worship and praise you in.  I thank you for surrounding me with believers who are unwavering in their faith.  And most importantly, I thank you for Jesus.  I pray this morning God, that all I am thankful for, that others are able to experience them.  I pray a blessing on the reader of your word.  I pray that the Holy Spirit reign down on wherever they are, and set the atmosphere for them to have a wonderful and peaceful day.  I pray that our hearts are tilled so if at anytime we receive your word by divine appointment, that it will be well received.  And Father, I pray that you bless them in their coming and going.  Please forgive us for any thought, speech, or deed, that was not pleasing to you.  We give you all honor and glory and we pray this in your Son’s Jesus name.  Amen.

The more I study God’s word, the more appreciation I have for His evident mercy that He bestows on an undeserving people.  You have some people who live their lives without a worry in the world.  Some are justified in that position.  Those who are Christian, trust in God’s word, and have faith, that they are covered.  Whatever trial they may face, will be for a season, and God will bring them through it.  They are justified.  However you have those who live their lives day to day with the confidence that they are the ones who are in control of their destiny.  These are the ones who base everything they do on sight, and not by faith.   They are not concerned too much with the hidden things.  Some may even acknowledge God, but spend little time thinking on Him.  I am not sure if it is arrogance or ignorance, but if they are not careful, their current position can be detrimental to their life now and in eternity.

We all know of a man, woman or couple, whose current status is that of one being on top.  They are financially well; they are healthy, with no current problem areas in their life.  They mingle with likeminded people, and care less regarding the affairs of others.  These are the ones for the sake of conversation, would say God has blessed them, but in another sentence boast on the things they have accomplished.  These are the ones who feel all that they have was by their hands alone and do not realize or even care that it was made only possible, because God allowed it (De 8:17-18).  Anything close to them losing everything, yet they managed to survive; they would chalk it up to luck.  When I think of these people, I have to fight the feeling of disgust.  Such arrogance!!!!  I am reminded of scripture recorded in the Old Testament.  It is amazing how God’s word can transcend time.

The Word of God came to the prophet Zephaniah regarding Judah.  God listed the charges against them, mainly that of idolatry.  What stood out to me the most and what again is evident how God’s word transcends time was in verses 12 and 13 in the first chapter of Zephaniah.  It reads, "And it shall come to pass at that time That I will search Jerusalem with lamps, And punish the men Who are settled in complacency, Who say in their heart, 'The LORD will not do good, Nor will He do evil.  Therefore their goods shall become booty, And their houses a desolation; They shall build houses, but not inhabit them; They shall plant vineyards, but not drink their wine."  Lord have mercy!!!  The key word here is complacency which is defined as a feeling of quiet pleasure or security, often while unaware of some potential danger, defect, or the like; self-satisfaction or smug satisfaction with an existing situation, condition, etc.  God was referring to those who were careless, and satisfied with the material things they obtained.  They put their affection and trust in their riches.  They knew who God was, but ponder little on Him since they did not see evidence of expeditious punishment for their actions. 

Tell me are not some people we know the same way?  They are satisfied with their riches, they are satisfied with their circle of friends, they are satisfied how life in their eyes is good, and they are settled in with how things are going.  They trust in what they have and how it makes them feel.  Guess what?  Those things have become their god.  They know in their heart that they have transgressed and since they see no immediate action from God, they figure they are cool.  Hey, is not like they killed anybody right?  “Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall.” (1Co 10:12)

          The word of God is true.  People who are rich and are well off, have no time for God.  Atheism is not far away and their primary focus would be to hoard as many things that they set their heart on to assist in satisfying their flesh.  God is on His way to settle that account, and if He chooses to be merciful, He will remove every object of their affection and leave them with nothing.  They can’t blame the devil for everything.  The only thing left for them to do is look up.  Amen!

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