And the LORD God of their fathers sent to them by His messengers, rising up betimes, and sending; because He had compassion on His people, and on His dwelling place. But they mocked the messengers of God, and despised His words, and misused His prophets, until the wrath of the LORD arose against His people, till there was no remedy. 2 Chronicles 36:15–16.
O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, a city beloved of God!
God warned this city when sin began to come between Him and this people He had sworn to bless. He warned them of the harvest that would come from the seeds they were sowing, but they despised God’s words, and misused His prophets.
God continued to bear with them because He knew what was at the end of the road His people had chosen to take. He had compassion on them, and on His dwelling place (the same temple that had been so filled with God’s glory on the day of its dedication that the priests couldn’t even minister anymore at some point because of the very visible presence of the glory of God).
But the people continued to walk in their own ways, forming strange alliances, putting their faith in places that could not save them, and worshipping vain gods with the false hope of receiving prosperity from them. These gods could do nothing for God’s people because they were in fact, no gods.
Still God’s people — the children of promise — brought these vain gods into the temple (the place God had chosen for Himself for a place of sacrifice), and worshipped these gods that were no gods there.
Until the wrath of the LORD arose against His people, till there was no remedy….
Take a look at the world we live in today. Is the Church powerless to affect this world for good?
Light, no matter how small, would always overcome darkness — no matter how thick it is.
Salt, no matter how little, can make a difference and affect the essence of wherever it is applied.
But when light is hidden, and salt has lost its own essence, where then is the value of purpose?
Where is the power of the Church today in this lost world?
Where is the power, and the work of God?
Like the Prophet Habakkuk, sometimes we pray—
O LORD, I have heard The speech, and was afraid: O LORD, revive Thy work in the midst of the years, in the midst of the years make known; in wrath remember mercy. Habakkuk 3:2.
God hears, and His word remains—
If My people, which are called by My name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14.
So before we ask again, where the power of God is, and before we ask for His work to be revived in our midst, let us look inward.
Remember that this same God of mercy is also a consuming fire. He is not mocked.
A day of reckoning is coming. When that day comes, may we be found on the side of grace and mercy because we have not despised His words, and misused His prophets.
May we not be ashamed on that day because we have humbled ourselves, and prayed, and sought His face, and turned from our wicked ways.
…Today if ye will hear His voice, harden not your hearts…. Hebrews 3:15.
For He saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succored thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation. 2 Corinthians 6:2.