God: is too righteous to behold sin; loves to smile with us.…
Daniel 9:13-14(KJV) “As it is written in the law of Moses, all this evil is come upon us: yet made we not our prayer before the Lord our God, that we might turn from our iniquities, and understand thy truth. Therefore hath the Lord watched upon the evil, and brought it upon us: for the Lord our God is righteous in all his works which he doeth: for we obeyed not his voice.
At times in life we see certain things happening in the body of Christ and it just about confuses us; it gets us to thinking when we ought to have been praying and pray more when events comes about. The question we hear folks ask in those times are, “but why would God allow that to happen; why is this happening to me if I am serving God”; and mind you, this posting isn’t pointing finger at anyone, but it is a trigger for self-examination. In the first instance I would first acknowledge the grace of God and the sacrifice which Jesus made on Calvary for a wretch like me.
As believers we ought to have an active prayer life and daily periods of meditation where we build a relationship with Jesus; we also need to keep as far from sin as possible, especially the wilful and presumptuous types. He mandated it “Watch ye therefore, and pray always” (Luke 21:36 KJV); with various other cautionary of the need of praying. Praying as we know is that needed communication with our heavenly Father.
The reading demonstrates an old soldier who is versed in the art of praying; keeping in daily contact with His Father; knowing the history as written by the prophets of God and watching for the manifestation. Daniel was in exile from his home, but he came into favor from God in the place where he was taken and as such had the knowledge of the times and seasons. The verse talks about Moses and the work He did as led by God and the warnings left by Moses for the people of God to abide.
We see the tribes disbanded and taken into slavery, so we know that they were in breach major time with the covenant they had with God. Daniel writes “As it is written in the Law of Moses, all this evil is come upon us: yet made we not our prayer before the Lord our God, that we might turn from our iniquities, and understand thy truth”. There was opportunity to change, pray, repent, move away from that which would cause the release of the agony, but no action was taken, hence the move into captivity.
And yes God stood by and watched as it was happening, because He is “righteous… for we obeyed not his voice”. As I read this, it troubled my mind and brought about a hesitation in my heart to look at my life, you know in reflection. I have at times been rebellious and recalcitrant in doing what I needed to do in this relationship and things have happened. In hindsight, I realize rebellion is just or worst than witch craft which God hates “for rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the LORD, he has also rejected you….” (1 Samuel 15:23 KJV).
In my stupidity, stubbornness, call it what you wish: I stepped out of the will of God, I wasn’t true to the relationship I had made a vow to cherish and abide in; these are my own words and they are pretty strong, but I feel as if I walked out from the covering of the blood and I was pretty much telling Jesus, I got this; I know how it works, I can’t wait for you to do it, I’ll do it my way. I had to pay the price of my actions. I made wrong choices and it caused a problem in my relationship with God.
Granted we are in a different time span; God looked on at the Israelites as they sinned against their covenant with Him; refused to repent; ceased from worshiping Him as they ought to; at this point He just watched and allowed captivity.
This writing is not for everyone and it might not be applicable to your situation, but search yourself deeply and be honest now with yourself and see IF there is a breach in your covenant with Jesus; what decision, actions, act, behavior that you are engaged or committed or appropriated, which is causing a breach, a separation of the blood coverage? What might be causing you not to have the free and full blessing of God over your life?
This isn’t for those who walk in the assurance that nothing they ever do; no sin they ever commit will be a barrier from receiving all that God has for them. No you are fine if that is your belief: that you are too blessed to be stressed; but if you entered the relationship with Jesus and are cheating on Him in any way: it might not affect you now, but think on your kids.
I might not be all that wise and full of knowledge, but one thing I know is that sin can kill; it causes damages; it gives the adversary a ladder to climb, an invitation into your close and private spaces.
Beloved get rid of that ladder today.
Trivia: He pulled out his hair, threw himself on the ground and refrained from eating because of sin; who is this?