Greg Laurie on Sow the Wind, Reap the Whirlwind

We need to call on God to help our nation. (Unsplash/Nikolas Noonan)

I heard about an art gallery owner who was representing a certain painter. One day he called the artist and said, “I have some good news and some bad news.”

“What’s the good news?” the artist asked.

“The good news is that some guy just walked in here and asked if your art would be worth more if you were dead. So I told him yes, and he bought every one of your paintings.”

“That’s fantastic!” said the artist. “So what’s the bad news?”

“Well,” said the gallery owner, “the bad news is he was your doctor.”

We’ve all heard good news–bad news jokes, and maybe some of them make us groan. But I think we need to lighten up a little and find humor when we can. We can all use some good news, because we’re living in a bad world.

The Old Testament talks about a very dark time in Israel’s history. They were experiencing a severe famine—so severe, in fact, that the people actually were eating donkeys’ heads with dove droppings. Talk about a lousy meal. Even worse, the people had begun turning to cannibalism. That’s how desperate the people were.

The irony was this famine had come as a result of their own disobedience. Israel had again been turning to other gods.

God will not share His glory with anyone or anything else. He wants the No. 1 position in our lives. God said, “I am the Lord, that is My name; and My glory I will not give to another, nor My praise to graven images” (Isa. 42:8).

Despite the fact that God had blessed Israel, they turned again and again to idols.

The first two commandments had specifically warned about this kind of activity. In Exodus 20, God said, “You must not have any other god but me. You must not make for yourself an idol of any kind or an image of anything in the heavens or on the earth or in the sea. You must not bow down to them or worship them, for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God who will not tolerate your affection for any other gods” (vs. 3–5a, NLT).

Maybe you’re thinking, Is God a little insecure? Why is He so jealous?

But let’s bring this into your world for a moment. Husbands, let’s say your wife were flirting with some other guy. How would you feel? Would you be all right with that?

I don’t think so.

Wives, what if your husband said, “You know, I’m going on a date with a different woman every night this week.” Would you be comfortable with that?

Of course not.

So how do you think God feels when we turn away from Him and follow false gods? It might be the god of our career or the god of money or the god of pleasure or something else. But God is saying, “What are you doing? You’re abandoning Me, the true and living God, for this kind of stuff.”

As for Israel, God let the people reap the repercussions of their sin, which in this case was a famine. The king, hearing about the people’s cannibalism, decided he wanted to kill God’s representative.

What kind of reaction is that? He should have said, “Lord, this is crazy. We’re calling out to you. We’ve finally had enough.”

But instead the king said, “May God strike me and even kill me if I don’t separate Elisha’s head from his shoulders this very day” (2 Kings 6:31). Yet Elisha had nothing to do with this whatsoever.

We see the same thing happening today as people reap the consequences of their sin and sink deeper into it. Instead of finally repenting and coming to their senses, they strike out at God and at His representatives.

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SOURCE: Charisma News