For behold, the Lord, the LORD of hosts, takes away from Jerusalem and from Judah the stock and the store, the whole supply of bread and the whole supply of water. Isaiah 3:1
What do you think the world looks like when the world stops loving God?
Really, stop and think about that for a second. What do you think that looks like? I think there are a lot of words we could use to describe it, but I'll try one that might be a way of summing it up: Ruin.
Everything falls to pieces, right? When people stop loving God then they stop loving each other. Families break down. Governments become corrupt. Businesses oppress people. Crime rates soar.
You get the picture. But one thing I want you to know today is that the road to ruin involves many steps.
I think for some of us, we think that the road to ruin is like a redeye flight overnight. You wake up and you're there. Not so. The road to ruin happens incrementally, little baby steps at a time. If your marriage is on the road to ruin, it's not going to be ruined overnight. If your business is on the road to ruin, or if your country is on the road to ruin, it's because there are many steps that have been taken.
Now, here's the encouraging thing-each one of these steps provides the opportunity to turn back, to stop going that way, because that way is nothing but misery, catastrophe, heartache, and pain.
Do you realize that God gives us choices? He does! He gives us forks in the road, options that provide an opportunity to come back to Him. In fact, God sent prophets to His people throughout the Old Testament to help them to see their chances to turn around before they ruined themselves. They could have turned around at any moment, and on the rare occasion that they did, God saved them. But when they didn't, He allowed the disaster to come.
In all of that, do you see the constant? The constant is God's heart to save us. He never wavers in that. What varies is whether or not we're listening.
Are you listening to the Lord today, or are you on the road to ruin?
Prayer Father God,
Thank You for Your constant heart of compassion toward me! I choose today to listen to Your voice and follow You into Your salvation. Please keep me far from the road to ruin!