The problem is not the fact that people want to get everything they can get from God. The problem is also not the fact that God may give people everything they can handle. The problem is that most people only want to give ‘only so much’ to God…..the rest they want to give only in lip service. For many it is all about them and what they can get from God instead of being 100% about the one who was pierced for them. Most Christians will only listen to the feel good preachers. They will not allow any of the so called negative reality into their carefully guarded little world that may cause them any weeping of heart. Many live in a medicated and sedated world where they don’t have to feel.
As I drive through towns and cities across this once great land of America (which is the only founded Christian nation of its kind on the face of the earth), it is very noticeable the amount of churches that have either closed their doors, or they have been sold and converted to secular establishments.
As we get ready to enter 2016, my heart is heavier than it has ever been in my life for lost souls in a lost nation that is fastly becoming totally bent on evil. I can’t help but think about Jeremiah the weeping prophet who wept over his nation’s lack of repentance. I can’t help but think about Nehemiah and what broke him as recorded in the first two chapters of the book of Nehemiah:
The words of Nehemiah the son of Hachaliah. It came to pass in the month of Chislev, in the twentieth year, as I was in Shushan the citadel, that Hanani one of my brethren came with men from Judah; and I asked them concerning the Jews who had escaped, who had survived the captivity, and concerning Jerusalem. And they said to me, “The survivors who are left from the captivity in the province are there in great distress and reproach. The wall of Jerusalem is also broken down, and its gates are burned with fire.” So it was, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned for many days; I was fasting and praying before the God of heaven. And I said: “I pray, Lord God of heaven, O great and awesome God, You who keep Your covenant and mercy with those who love You and observe Your commandments, please let Your ear be attentive and Your eyes open, that You may hear the prayer of Your servant which I pray before You now, day and night, for the children of Israel Your servants, and confess the sins of the children of Israel which we have sinned against You. Both my father’s house and I have sinned. We have acted very corruptly against You, and have not kept the commandments, the statutes, nor the ordinances which You commanded Your servant Moses. Remember, I pray, the word that You commanded Your servant Moses, saying, ‘If you are unfaithful, I will scatter you among the nations; but if you return to Me, and keep My commandments and do them, though some of you were cast out to the farthest part of the heavens, yet I will gather them from there, and bring them to the place which I have chosen as a dwelling for My name.’ Now these are Your servants and Your people, whom You have redeemed by Your great power, and by Your strong hand. O Lord, I pray, please let Your ear be attentive to the prayer of Your servant, and to the prayer of Your servants who desire to fear Your name; and let Your servant prosper this day, I pray, and grant him mercy in the sight of this man.” For I was the king’s cupbearer. And it came to pass in the month of Nisan, in the twentieth year of King Artaxerxes, when wine was before him, that I took the wine and gave it to the king. Now I had never been sad in his presence before. Therefore the king said to me, “Why is your face sad, since you are not sick? This is nothing but sorrow of heart.” So I became dreadfully afraid, and said to the king, “May the king live forever! Why should my face not be sad, when the city, the place of my fathers’ tombs, lies waste, and its gates are burned with fire?” Then the king said to me, “What do you request?” So I prayed to the God of heaven. And I said to the king, “If it pleases the king, and if your servant has found favor in your sight, I ask that you send me to Judah, to the city of my fathers’ tombs, that I may rebuild it.”
Here is what noted Christian author Perry Stone writes in his book ‘The Code of the Holy Spirit’:
Visible materializations of God’s presence were identiﬁed by Jewish scholars as the Shekinia, a word not in the English Blble, but used to describe the tangible or visible manifestation of the Lord. God released at times visible manifestations among His people in the wilderness, and when it was seen by the people, it was linked to the tent in the wilderness. When it appeared in cloud form at the tabernacle or later at Solomon’s temple, it was called the “glory of the LORD” (Exodus 16:10; 40:34-35). In Hebrew the phrase Shekinah means, “He caused to dwell.” The presence God was visibly seen in the form of a large cloud that “rested” upon the tent of meeting or in the midst of the tabernacle or later the temple (Numbers 9:18; 2 Chronicles 5:13-14). The Hebrew word for “rested” ls chanah; thus the glory of God rested or dwelt in the midst. ln my earlier days our family would attend yearly state conventions conducted under a large metal tabernacle. Called a “camp meetlng,” the servlces were centered on singing, preaching, and long, powerful altar services that often continued into the night. I can recall times in which the prayers of ﬁfteen hundred people in unison sounded like a roaring waterfall, and the altar services were charged like an electrlcal current sending waves throughout the atmosphere. As this divine presence brooded and seemingly hovered over the people, the old-timers would say, “The Shekinah glory is here!”
In the example above, the Christians did not want to give the Lord ‘only so much’. They wanted to give Him 100%. You may scoff at the example Perry Stone gave, but I know exactly what he is talking about because I was in Christian gatherings like that. But it is becoming rarer and rarer because people only want to give ‘only so much’. What would happen to this nation and the world if we would not limit ourselves to giving the Lord ‘only so much’?
“There is an inward sight of God, and it is the pure in heart (Matthew 5:8) who see God. Lord keep us pure so we will never block the way.” (Wigglesworth)