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3/8/17 – Unbelievers will run and hide from God

Published: Wednesday, 08 March 2017 Written by Carlton L. Arnold

Then the kings of the earth, the princes, the generals, the rich, the mighty, and everyone else, both slave and free, hid in caves and among the rocks of the mountains.  They called to the mountains and the rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb! For the great day of their wrath has come, and who can withstand it?”  Revelation 6:15-17

During the End Times, God will reveal Himself through numerous judgments placed on this earth.  Christ had just opened the sixth of seven seals, and there was a great earthquake along with unbelievable cosmic upheaval.  The verses above describe the reaction of those who had not accepted God into their lives.  Instead of turning toward God, they chose to run and hide.

What is interesting about this reaction is that there is no denial that God does exist.  People living at the time when the sixth seal is opened realize that God and Christ (“the Lamb”) are real.  They also understand that God will unleash judgment upon the world like has never been seen before. 

The list of people is all-inclusive.  No one is left out; no ethnic group, no economic status, no government officials, no one.  Everyone without God in his or her life will want to run and hide from God.  They know that the wrath of God will come upon them, and they do not stand a chance against an all-powerful God.

I struggle to understand the reaction of these people.  God is revealing Himself so clearly to the world, and, yet, people continue to reject God.  This reinforces the Biblical truth that everyone is a sinner.  Our heart will want to turn us away from God and turn toward ourselves the moment that our lives experience suffering.  When life begins to hand us raw deals and tough situations, we have the gall to tell God, “why me”, or “life is not fair”.

The pride within each one of us will motivate us to be convicted that God has no hold on our lives.  We can do anything we set our minds to do without needing God.  In the verses above, the people did not want to have a relationship with God.  They would rather run and hide.  They wanted things to be better for themselves through their own actions rather than trusting in a loving God. 

Suffering brings out the best or the worst in a person.  True Believers will overcome any suffering when they trust God fully and completely for their very life.  God’s Word says that light and momentary are the sufferings of this world compared to the glory that Believers will experience in eternity (2 Corinthians 4:17).  When you experience bad times in your life, do not run and hide from God.  Instead, seek Him more earnestly than you ever have in your life.  He will give you peace, love, and purpose when everything else is chaos.

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