A few weeks ago, my (David’s) vehicle needed to be fixed, so I took it to a mechanic where he diagnosed the problem and then fixed it. I had to pay for it, but now it’s good as new.
What if I never took my car to the shop? Would I have the right to blame the mechanic for not fixing it?
Four years ago, my brother’s daughter got deathly sick, so he took her to the hospital. After the doctor diagnosed her and placed her in ICU, she eventually got better. My bro had to pay big bucks, but it was worth it.
What if my little twin brother refused to do what the doctor said needed to be done? Would it be right for him to blame the doc if his daughter never got better?
When problems arrive in life, we turn to the ones with the answers. And we should do what they say – or just keep our mouths shut when things go wrong if we refuse to listen.
Recent headlines declared, “God isn’t fixing it.” He’s not fixing all the bloodshed and violence plaguing America and the world today. But let’s just pause for a minute and think through what that statement really means.
We’re blaming God – who’s not supposed to exist – for our troubles? That’s like refusing to believe doctors and mechanics are real, and then blaming them for not fixing our cars and kids.
We blame God for His absence in the presence of the evil, all while systematically seeking to remove any vestige of Him from society (Bible reading, prayer, the Ten Commandments, Christmas trees, you name it). Yet when paganism overtakes principle, we presumptuously mock the platitudes of prayer. (That was a lot of Ps.)
To this point, a simple picture is worth a thousand words.
While our leaders refuse to accept God’s diagnosis in America – humans have a sin problem that, if left unchecked by God’s standards, evil will prevail – morality is on the decline and ISIS is on the rise.
And we continue to blame God while refusing to pay the price to be fixed. He tells us to seek justice, defend the innocent, reprove the ruthless and live within His boundaries – yet that costs too much and requires pain on our part. We much rather prefer the comfort zone to the pain cave when it comes to moral standards.
But if we truly want God to fix us today, we ought to go in for a visit and listen to what He has to say.
He tells us in Genesis 6:11 that violence fills the void created by godlessness – because nature abhors a vacuum. “Now the earth was corrupt in the sight of God, and the earth was filled with violence.”
We can expect that if we remove God from our nation by rejecting His existence, refusing His justice, and repealing His moral laws, violence will replace victory. And if we continue in our rebellion, He will not hear our prayers.
“Alas, sinful nation … they have abandoned the Lord, they have despised the Holy One of Israel, they have turned away from Him. … so when you spread out your hands in prayer, I will hide My eyes from you; yes, even though you multiply prayers, I will not listen. Your hands are covered with blood.”
God isn’t fixing our problems because we’ve asked Him to leave, rejected His standards, and filled our streets with the innocent blood of the unborn.
If we as a nation will turn back to God by repenting of our national sins (evil practices that have been institutionalized through the courts or legislation), and if we as a people will repent of our personal sins, He will hear our prayers!
“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14).
God can fix us, but the question is: Will we listen?
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