Even now, says the LORD, return to me with your whole heart, with fasting, and weeping, and mourning; Joel 2:12
Thanks be to God!
He is not like a school principal who calls a problem student in his office and gives him some days of suspension before the student can comeback to his classroom. Not like a vice-president of your company who puts somebody, who erred on a job related issue, on forced leave without pay before that person can report back to the office. Unlike the sports commissioner who disciplines a player who has incurred technical fouls and forced the player to sit down a game or two before the player can suit up again.
He is our loving and merciful God.
As Joel proclaimed, “Even now…” God calls us to comeback, NOW. After you have sinned. After you have done so much wrong. After you have walked away from his goodness and mercy. You did something wrong just now against your God, you can return to him, NOW! You hold this habitual sin in your life like you hold your breath, you can rejoin God’s family, NOW! You keep on blurting your temper on your kids and wife, you can restore your relationship with them and with your God, NOW! You are like a person who has this long list of criminal record, you can have your homecoming to the Father, NOW!
And here it goes, a God who tells us we can come to him with no added disciplinary action. He allows us to comeback to his arms with no suspension in placed. He does not tell us, “Okay, you can come back to me after your one-week suspension.” He does not require us to go into forced leave or sit down a game out. He only tell us to return to him with repentance, with your whole heart and with your life focus on him alone.
No suspension. No disciplinary action. No buts. No ifs. You can come back to God. Even now.
All that you see here–the days will come when there will not be left a stone upon another stone that will not be thrown down. Luke 21:6
I was riding with my boss, Mr. Rolando Bacani, and we were going to work when he asked me, “Did you know what happened in New York?” Since we are in the Philippines, I had no idea about it so I said, “No.” My boss continued our conversation and told me that there was a massive power blackout in the Northeastern part of the United States. That was in August of the year 2003. We were working on the power system operations side of the largest grid in the Philippines, Mr. Bacani as the Vice-President of the group is well versed on this kind of events. He told me there was one time he was presenting in Malacanang Palace about minimizing the risk of blackouts in the Philippines, he was asked if the government invested large amount of money in the grid if it would eliminate blackout. He replied a flat NO to the inquirer. He said any man-made infrastructure is deemed to fail at some point. He elaborated whatever intervention(s) done or will be done will not prevent any synthetic system to succumb given some time.
And he concurs with Jesus. Jesus said anything that we see here will be thrown down. Everything that we can look upon will fall down. A stone standing upon a stone will falter. Anything that is seen standing for now will kiss the earth. And Jesus was specific, “All that you see….”
So what will remain standing? All that is unseen. The unseen will not be thrown down. The unseen will not fall down.
God. God’s forgiveness. God’s mercy. God’s hands. Faith in Christ. Repentance. Hope in God. Love for God and others. Dependence in God. Zeal for His house.
And what does this tells us? Look for the unseen. Believe in what is unseen. Cling on Who is unseen.
Make a choice today. Seen or Unseen?