“How long wilt thou forget me, O LORD? for ever? how long wilt thou hide thy face from me?” (Psalm 13:1)
Many people, when the times become difficult, when the circumstances of the world seem to be in a downward spiral, and it seems as if the Almighty is hiding His face, stop seeking how they can be their brother’s keeper and start to concern themselves with their own personal safety.
They stop loving their neighbor.
Satan uses this to his advantage, as was easily seen when masks, social distancing and the supposed vaccination became a means of punishment if one did not obey, for those who refused were counted as enemies of the love expected to be shown.
“For they said unto me, Make us gods, which shall go before us: for as for this Moses, the man that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we wot not what is become of him.” (Exo. 32:23)
Korah deceived the people not just by presenting a false god they should follow, the golden calf that Aaron made, but deceived them into believing that if Moses loved them, he would not have left them for so long.
When it seems as if the Lord has left us, when He hides His face from us, those who will not in their patience possess their souls, will look to another to lead them, and many times they themselves will become the golden calf. We stop dying to self and attempt to revive that which we once offered to the Lord, we begin to believe that we can do something of ourselves.
Instead of resting in the promises, we search for a way out, and my friends, searching inwards is not searching for God.
Liberalism is nothing less than pride seeking to progress without the Almighty, it is following Nimrod to build the ziggurat, it is Moses listening to his wife instead of the Lord, it is Isaac not waiting on the Most High, but deceiving his own father. It is Judas Iscariot seeing the Light of the world and rejecting it.
Those who understand are as the virgins who took enough oil for their lamps, waiting patiently, those who finally come to the realization of them after falling into this most subtle trap of our adversary will, as the prodigal son did, come to themselves and run back to the Father, and weep bitterly as Peter did when they arrive in His presence. Those who do not will stop loving their neighbor as themselves and their hearts will grow colder.
“And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” (Mark 16:15)
In times of peace as well as in times of war, when the land is at peace and when evil men rule, go and search for those who do not yet realize they are your brothers and sisters in Christ.
“Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.” (2nd Tim. 4:2)
As you watch the hedges being lowered, as you see incomprehensible actions being done by and on the people, never think even once that you are to hide, not even if the Almighty has decided to hide His face, you have responsibilities to attend to, ambassadors of the Kingdom of Heaven have been given a mandate, it does not matter what your King is doing at the moment, you fulfill the tasks set before you.
“And the LORD, he it is that doth go before thee; he will be with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed.” (Deut. 31:8)
Just because you cannot see your Master does not mean you are not to follow Him.
This is faith exemplified, this is trusting in the promises, this is walking willingly into the fire knowing full well that there are still waters beyond it.
“The just shall live by faith.” (Romans 1:17)