As the new year comes in, I’ve been thinking back to a word I posted at the end of 2006 – A storm is coming (read it here).
I thought this a good time to consider this word again. Make no mistake, I still see this storm, I see the clouds gathering and I think that perhaps now it is easier to see.
What then is the heart of the matter? My heart is that God’s people will wake up, raise their eyes from the trivial objects that hold their fancy, draw a deep breath, look up – and see. Not with the eyes of the world, but with the eyes of a God-inspired heart. What is first in the spiritual translates to the physical. You have been given eyes that can see into the spiritual, can see into the heart of things, therefore now use them.
Do not trust in princes, in the doctrines of men. The wisest is but a craven fool before our Lord God of hosts, of heaven. Only He can see beginning from end, only He holds the stars in His hand, searching and weighing all. Do you see the plumbline? All things are measured in His eyes, all have their foundation in Him. What is of Him never can be shaken, what is not cannot endure.
The plumbline will be held against all – and none can escape it. The eyes of the One that holds the world in His balance will pierce your heart, also. What therefore then can you offer Him? All that seems real will fade dim on that day. All money, homes, cars and possessions, all friends and family, all your good deeds, all positions and powers held, every aspect of your life will be held against that divine plumbline. Where, sinner, can you escape to then? There will be no hiding place, even though the mountain fall on you, you cannot hide.
All excuses, reasons and rationalisations will be seen for what they are, and the full account will be called to be paid. What then, when you realise the pauper that you are? When all secrets are stripped bare and the full motives of the heart revealed? What then, will you stand? It is a terrible thing to fall unredeemed and insensate into the hands of the living God.
We are called to stand, we have to stand firm in Christ, or we will not stand at all. The time is long past for sleeping and slumber. Know then our utter dependency on Christ – our utter and complete need for Him. Not just in part of our lives – but in the dark, buried parts, and paradoxically also in the parts where we feel strong.
Know that there will be events that will sweep the world, and hearts will melt like wax. Therefore the prayer of my heart is that we will be found on that day, ready in Him. In life or death, rich or poor, persecuted or at peace, that we will be found in Christ alone. For there, and only there, is to be found the place to stand.