“And the Lord hath sent unto you all His servants the prophets, rising early and sending them; but ye have not hearkened, nor inclined your ear to hear.” Jeremiah 25:4
The messenger of the Lord sacrifices their flesh daily in order to have more of the Lord and less of themselves. They are our preachers, teachers and prophets who are willing vessels that the Lord chooses to proclaim His Word to His children. These “vessels” are anointed to serve us yet so often we do not hear. When our messengers proclaim the Word of God it doesn’t always tickle our ear; sometimes it will pierce our soul. However, as willing vessels proclaiming God’s Word, they are held accountable for our souls.
Sometimes God’s message is a warning to us. While warnings are meant to be a blessing not everyone will heed the warning. We all like to get a “heads up” on a situation so we can prepare…unless of course we are the reason for the warning. When in fact we are the reason for the warning our pride will cause us to rebel and rebellion leads to destruction, especially when we are rebelling against the Lord.
So we don’t like what we hear from God’s messengers and we don’t like what we see on the television or in the world. God’s punishment, judgment and/or chastening is upon us because of our rebellion. Our ancestors dedicated our country to the Lord and He richly blessed our country. Through many generations we have plundered our nation and completely turned away from the Word of God. Instead of idolizing the Lord we idolize money and power…we rebel. Somewhere down the line we have forgotten that it was the Lord’s blessing that has gotten us this far; not man’s will. When we dedicate or make a covenant with God, He will bless that covenant as long as we follow Him.
Through years of our nation turning further and further away from God, He has sent us warnings…but we did not see. The warnings are getting louder but we still don’t hear. Then comes a messenger proclaiming God’s peace and grace. They proclaim a sugar coated, diluted gospel that makes it a little easier to hear but they leave out obedience, judgment and repentance. They bring a false peace brought on by their words and not through the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Instead of trusting God to bring them peace through His Word, they attempt to bring them peace by proclaiming the promises of the Lord without the fear of the Lord. They neglect repentance and preach rebellion.
“For I will set My eyes on them for good, and I will bring them back to this land; I will build them and not pull them down, and I will plant them and not pluck them up. Then I will give them a heart to know Me, that I am the Lord; and they shall be My people, and I will be their God, for they shall return to Me with their whole heart.” Jeremiah 24:6-7
Our God still wants to be our nation’s God. He wants to give us a heart to know Him and we will be His people once again. However, we must corporately repent instead of rebel against Him and His judgment on our nation. Ruth Graham was quoted as saying “If God doesn’t judge America, He will need to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah!” Many believe in God yet live as though He does not exist. The Lord is sending His messengers and watchmen out to sound the alarms. Are we hearing them? – Donna Warren