The way back to God
For fools speak foolishness and make evil plans. They practice ungodliness and spread false teachings about the Lord. They deprive the hungry of food and give no water to the thirsty. The smooth tricks of scoundrels are evil. They plot crooked schemes. They lie to convict the poor, even when the cause of the poor is just. But generous people plan to do what is generous, and they stand firm in their generosity. Isaiah 32:6-8 NLT
We are in an unprecedented time where we cannot be spiritually complacent. There’s nothing wrong with a life of quiet satisfaction. But we cannot remain in an attitude of pursuing earthly contentment with no longings for God. God’s coming kingdom is no place for fantasy, superiority, and selfish materialism. God wants us to remain in Him and if it happened that we lose our way, the wise thing to do is to find our way back to God. The way back to God is right here before us. We have to be open to God’s word and accept even hard truths calling us to change. God knows very much what we need that He gave us this admonition from His Word: “Let there be tears for what you have done. Let there be sorrow and deep grief. Let there be sadness instead of laughter, and gloom instead of joy. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up in honor” (James 4:9, 10). Not only that God provided us His word, He also promised to pour out his Spirit upon us with life-enriching abundance. “At last the Spirit is poured out on us from heaven. Then the wilderness will become a fertile field, and the fertile field will yield bountiful crops” (Isaiah 32:15). Isaiah is talking about God plunging us in a torrent of the Spirit. He is talking about an overflow that removes all our complacency away like a flood. What the Spirit does is to replace that false happiness with real joy of peace, quietness, and trust forever. God has been doing this and He continues to pour out his Spirit today. It is the Holy Spirit’s presence in our lives that love will flourish into our hearts. This is what enables us to remain strong in times of sufferings because of sure hope. Our responsibility is to be open to the Spirit, to pray for strength to submit and allow Him to lead us. The lordship of Christ and the flood of the Spirit are what will sustain God’s people; nothing else is.