What do believers do in this time of Revelation?
For the word of God is living and active, Sharper than any double-edged sword, it pierces even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow. It judges the thoughts and intentions of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12)
During my clinical internship 13 years ago, my supervisor told me;
There are two types of people in this world, those who investigate and examine themselves and those who don’t. The people that don’t makes up the majority of the people you will spend your time with, then once in awhile you will get lucky and get a client who suffers from introspection and self examination, then that is when you get to do the fun stuff.
She was right, so many years of counselling and most people are not interested in doing deep diving of their emotions or what drives them. They just want me to fix them, give them the answers, spell it out for them. Many times I have to take them down the journey of self examination and they don’t even know we are going there until we arrive.
The same can be said of society as a whole, we do things but we do not think about them or why they are or not a good idea or what is motivating our actions. We do not consider other people’s motives, we lack spiritual or psychological discernment. Take for instance the mass exodus towards toilet paper, in the midst of national crisis , no one stopped to consider why they were buying toilet paper, they just followed the herd. Watching people scramble for toilet paper was heart-breaking, reminded me of the simplicity and fragility of our mind and how quickly we can be led astray by our emotions.
Sometimes we Need others to tell us who we really are…
No one is immune to periods of lack of discernment. We all fall into the space of existing where we don’t think much. Not until someone jolts us and gives us feedback or shares their experience ,do we notice the road we are traveling on.
Take for instance the recent article about Walmart about the removal of beauty products from locked cases. How many times had I looked at the products behind cases without giving it much thought, without questioning even if it did not make sense? I just accepted the situation and had not considered the motives behind it, until the article pointed it out.
We are living in the time of Revelation
God is revealing the hearts of men all around us, he is revealing the condition of our hearts as well. The truth is cutting through the paucity of good we hold for our fellow men and women. These revelations are cutting through the core of us, destroying the traditions, the myths we hold about our Christian culture and myths we hold about each-other. Do we really think highly of others, esteem them more than ourselves? (See Romans 12:3)
God’s message to us in this season is to REPENT
King David went about his business despite his sins, oblivious and disconnected until the prophet Nathan pointed them out to him the errors of his ways. Once the situation was pointed out to him he repented (See 2 Samuel 12:7). Repentance is always a choice. David could have chosen to not repent.
Our silence, our apathy is complicity. We have hidden ourselves behind the pillars of religion and forgotten the word of God and what is required of us as being servants of the most high. We are required to defend those who cannot defend themselves for whatever reason. We are required to not just sit back in the face of iniquity and do nothing and say nothing.
Like Nathan we just have to tell the truth. Lift up the truth in every situation that is our job, let God do the rest. These past few weeks, oppression has been pointed out to us and the word of God has judged us all, for it is written:
“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.” Proverbs 31:8–9.