Admittedly, today’s Christianity is difficult, especially at the onset of us “millenials”, the self-entitled ones. It has reached it’s plateau, from its once promising revival during the years of oppression in our history. God seems to be neglected now than ever before. We are becoming lukewarm.
Let me introduce to you a person named Nebuchadnezzar. Familiar? Probably he is because he has been recorded in history books as a great king of Babylon. You’ve probably heard about the hanging gardens of Babylon, an evidence of this king’s glorious reign. Indeed, he had a glittering pinnacle of success. Babylon was his trophy.
But these history books don’t record the most important matter in his life.
In the Bible, Nebuchadnezzar knew that there was God. Daniel did not fail to introduce God to Him. Yet many times, he did several acts and made several decrees that could make one raise his brow and wonder on the consistency of his acts. He even praised and recognized God, the God of Daniel, Shadrach and Meshach. But the sovereignty of God in his life didn’t ring a bell. God didn’t affect him at a personal level.
We see here, the problem of Nebuchadnezzar’s condition is the same as ours. Yes there are plenty of churches around, evangelistic activities, special events, and what-not, but there is little evidence of a personal experience and encounter with God.
We are like Nebuchadnezzar, we see God as the God of this person and that person, but most of the time unconsciously we don’t know Him. We know there is God, but there are places in our hearts and areas in our lives that doesn’t seem to get affected by our relationship with Him. Or probably, if you are the intelligent one, your intelligence always gets in the way, forever justifying your own humanistic philosophies. There is an outward proffession, but there’s some trouble in the inward confession that Christ is Lord of all our being. Once we get out of the church, the ripples of our worship slowly fades away, and before we know it, the heat of our spirituality is lukewarm again.
There is an outward proffession, but there’s some trouble in the inward confession that Christ is Lord of all our being
Godly conversations seem to be awkward nowadays. It’s so hard to find people whom you can share God’s workings in your life. God is almost often excluded in the conversation and not even given a thought. It’s easy to post about earthly achievements but it’s hard to literally express joy when you find a gem in the Bible.
Instead of sharing stories about Bible characters and how these characters are real, once-existed people with much wisdom to gain from, we talk about big personalities, politicians, celebrities, or even our most popular classmate or colleague. The Old Testament records the same stumbles and mistakes that people do now, but we never seem to learn from them.
Instead of glorifying God in our talk, we subtly boast about our own gains. We talk about material gains, but we don’t thank God for times of pains and our ugly days which tests our character.
Instead of confessing to one another our faults and sins, we talk about other people’s shortcomings, taking advantage of their flaws to ease out our own.
We may have godly music and songs, but most of the time we listen to them because it’s our “taste” not because it’s what God wants to hear in our hearts, singing melodies to Him.
Instead of being vulnerable, we act self-dependent, sometimes self-righteous. We hide our weaknesses. We want people to love only the “good” part of us.
Instead of praying for a difficult situation, we solicit emotional concerns from our friends until we realize we are just spreading our issues.
Instead of seeing the good in others and responding in unconditional love and grace to their character flaws, we judge so easily, spoiling good friendships we could have.
The practice of Godly living is almost gone these days. But the person who finds it finds joy and real treasure which is something that is beyond any possible human mystery unlocked.
God is still gracious to us, just like he had been gracious to king Nebuchadnezzar. He may have sent deprivation to this king, but it was all for his good. How fortunate this man is! That God is still concerned with him despite his selfish pride. God is the same to us ’till now. He never changes. He’s still concerned, not with how the church performs, but how YOU commit to that relationship you have with him. (I’m speaking to myself here as well)
God’s call is clear. And if He cannot call us, He’ll scream or do means just to call our attention. That’s why the years of deprivation in the King’s life was actually a blessing in disguise. Because of that, he knew he had nothing. “My reason returned to me..” he said. And it’s God’s grace that he was able to come to that conclusion.
It was just recently impressed in me how God greatly honors our wills and choices, hence there is God’s permissive will. But at the end of the day, we are still spiritually lean, not until we lay off all the other “gods” we place in between our relationship with the Father. His perfect will is still the place of quiet rest and certainty. Even if everything feels uncertain. God is enough and learning to trust Him will bring joy, peace and contentment.
Perhaps it’s high time that the question we ask to nonbelievers is the same question we ask ourselves:
Do I have a personal relationship with God? And is this relationship the most important relationship of all in my life?
It is one thing to believe in Christ as our Saviour, but to trust Him as Lord of all our lives is another. May in this short life that we live, we live to glorify Him and seek Him with all our hearts, soul and mind.