“What are you doing about the extremely difficult times that are on the crest of your horizon? Why have you not heeded My warnings and prepared properly? You act as if your world could never change. You pray that it won’t because you desire to remain comfortable and fear losing those things that are safety handles for you. Your security remains in the things you have and the walls you have built to fortify your lifestyle. They all could be gone in a heartbeat. What will you do then?
"In times past, those who did not heed My warnings joined the plight of the uninformed and fearful. They suffered the fate of those who only knew of Me rather than those who had intimacy with Me. That is not what I desire for you. I need you to know Me intimately so that you can point others to Jesus when their world falls apart, instead of falling apart with them. That doesn’t seem to matter enough to you to do whatever it takes to walk in wisdom now instead of remaining asleep. I need for you to wake up. You can respond to My call voluntarily, or I will change your heart through hardship for your benefit.”
2 Samuel 14:14b NIV
“But God does not take away life; instead, he devises ways so that a banished person may not remain estranged from him.”
Proverbs. 29:1 AMP
HE WHO, being often reproved, hardens his neck shall suddenly be destroyed—–and that without remedy.
Isaiah 48:3 NIV
“I foretold the former things long ago, my mouth announced them and I made them known; then suddenly I acted, and they came to pass.”
Jeremiah 12:5 AMP
[But the Lord rebukes Jeremiah’s impatience, saying] If you have raced with men on foot and they have tired you out, then how can you compete with horses? And if [you take to flight] in a land of peace where you feel secure, then what will you do [when you tread the tangled maze of jungle haunted by lions] in the swelling and flooding of the Jordan?
John 19:11 NIV
Jesus answered, “You would have no power over me if it were not given to you from above…”
Phil. 3:10-11 AMP
10) [For my determined purpose is] that I may know Him [that I may progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him, perceiving and recognizing and understanding the wonders of His Person more strongly and more clearly], and that I may in that same way come to know the power outflowing from His resurrection [which it exerts over believers], and that I may so share His sufferings as to be continually transformed [in spirit into His likeness even] to His death, [in the hope]
11) That if possible I may attain to the [spiritual and moral] resurrection [that lifts me] out from among the dead [even while in the body].
Most of us get angry at God when He shakes up our little world, or we blame the devil for difficult times when they enter our lives and remain long enough for us to think that God has forgotten us. Few of us take the time in our panic to deliver ourselves from whatever has disturbed us to consider that our plight may be the hand of God conforming us into someone He can use to bring others to Christ. We would rather fight against a perceived enemy than submit to His desired change in us.
Even minimal observation of the world around us points to loud voices – connected to evil hearts that desire their own way with no consideration of those they hurt - becoming more prevalent. Good is now interpreted as evil and evil is heralded as good. Reason falls way behind anger. Lust has replaced honest love. Might, when powerful enough, impacts the lives of everyone involved.
God will always have a people who will not be caught unaware. His people will be prepared for anything and stronger than everything that stands in His way, because they have made their God the only priority in their lives. With eyes and hearts that look only to Him, no power on earth or in the heavens will defeat children of God who are intimate with their Father God, any more than it could defeat Jesus. Read the above verses in Philippians 3 to see the formula for overcoming.
I choose You as my priority, Lord,