Of Shemittahs and September

In these days of hearing about shemittahs, economic collapse, comets, and all, I come to you in the words of Paul, not with persuasive words but with the power of the Holy Spirit to say only one thing. 

Some believe that judgement is coming and give in to fear and anxiety; some do not believe and continue on as if nothing is ever going to happen, eating, drinking and making merry. Others continue to call that which is evil good and good evil. Upside down, topsy turvy, no one has any idea any more about what to believe or not.

There is something about God we need to know. He is not politically correct. He is HOLY. Which means that we can say all we want to about love and feeling good and what we think is right and not wanting to offend; BUT, if none of what we say is aligned with what God says, then, it is not good. We have to realize that God is not in the business of trying to please us as we think He is. He owes us nothing. We owe Him everything. Now, what does this have to do with shemittahs and economic collapse, you ask?

Everything.

Those are what people are equating with the judgement of God. Do I believe that there will be judgement? Yes. What will it look like? I have no idea. When will it come? I don’t know. I believe as we turn away from God more and more to seek self gratification (yes, even Christians), we are calling for judgement upon ourselves. God is holy. And He has called us to be holy as He is holy. Being a Christian is not about us feeling good and God catering to us feeling good, but rather, us living to glorify Him and out of that, comes an abundance over us. And, just to be clear, God’s abundance is not necessarily always in the form of material items.

In light of all that is making the news within Christian circles and the economic world, this is my one thing that I sense to say.

The only safe place to be is to be close to the Father’s heart. And how do we get there? First, check our hearts and repent if we know that we have not been acting in a manner that would please Him. This goes for Christians and non Christians alike. We need to acknowledge that we need God. But because He is holy, we cannot even get close to Him unless we acknowledge that we need to change our ways of thinking and our behaviour. We repent. We ask for forgiveness. We ask Jesus, Son of God, to be our Saviour because we know we cannot save ourselves. We ask Him to reign in our lives as Lord. And we purposely turn away from all that we have been doing that is not right in His eyes. Christians need to check their hearts to see where they are at with the Father and to make sure that their hearts are right with God. Seek His face, seek Him as He says that if we draw close to Him, He will draw close to us.

Repent and draw close to the Lord.

Christians might think that because they go to church or said a prayer once, they are fine. Our walk with the Lord is a constant process and we need to always check to see that we are glorifying Him in all that we think, say and do. And yes, we fail many times, but this is where His grace comes in to help us get up and go forward. Grace is not about us premeditating on acting sinfully and thinking that God will forgive us because He loves us. That is mocking God.

This is not the time to eat, drink and be merry. Even if the predictions about judgement do not come later this year, it will come some day. And we have no idea when. We need to be watchful and sober, preparing ourselves and others to be ready. This is a time to call others to repentance from their sins, yes, that horrible politically incorrect and intolerant word, and to stand in the breach praying for others who will not turn to God.

This is not the time to worry about offending others and playing nice. That is not love. If you love your neighbours, then start telling them about Jesus. Because it sure ain’t love to let them rot in hell. Oops, that other politically incorrect word. Start calling others to turn back to the heart of the Father in a way that shows them that God truly loves them and not in a judgemental, “I am better than you” way. Start praying for them. When Nineveh’s king reacted to what Jonah said by repenting and calling his subjects to do the same, God stayed His hand and Nineveh was spared for the moment. God told Abraham that if he could find ten righteous in Sodom and Gomorrah, the cities would be spared.

The only thing that is burning in my heart to say right now is this: Repent and turn back to God. That is the safest place to be.

To say that is the most loving thing I can do for anyone.