25th June 2008

May I Never Need This Kind of Correction

In my reading today I was in Amos, Chapter 4. As I was reading through it I really saw the repeated, overt longing of God for His people to return to Him. To ‘get their attention’ He did the following:

  • Introduced famine
  • Withheld rain
  • Had it rain in one city and not another
  • Blasted His people with blight (withering of plants) and mildew
  • Allowed locusts to devour their food, gardens
  • Sent a plague similar to one from the pre-Egyptian exodus time
  • Allowed war against His people
  • He allowed them to be overthrown (note that He is credited with allowing this, not the invading countries) yet He still plucked them out of the total devastation

After each of these items, God writes “Yet you have not returned to Me, says the LORD.”

As I pondered this, I quickly prayed that I would never be so dense as to think that any suffering in my life would be a reason to turn away from God.

In fact, suffering is one good opportunity to turn towards God for support and comfort. He doesn’t allow anything to happen that isn’t in His ultimate control. As horrible as that may sound to some during times of great suffering, it also serves as a stark reminder that we’re here to serve and love Him and that if we fail to do so – if we get distracted by other things – it’s just possible that God may need to get our attention in other ways.

Now I’m not saying God is behind every bad thing that happens – at least not in any sort of malicious, vindictive, or “unfair” way. But nothing happens without His knowledge and permission. No principality on this earth can act without His granted authority. And that means that in every and every circumstance we must learn to be content and rest in Him. For those who are avoiding God, running from Him, or completely ignoring Him – suffering may be the only way He has to get your undivided attention. And that’s not a pleasant thought.

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  1. 1 On July 15th, 2008, Tricia said:

    God’s got my attention right now!

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