Have you noticed how easy it is to drift into complacency? Complacency is defined as self-satisfaction – a feeling of quiet pleasure or security while unaware of looming danger. What’s that mean for us?
It’s pretty common – we feel like everything is OK in our lives spiritually – when in reality we’re not doing well at all. Consequences and maybe even the discipline of the Lord are lurking at our door. Others notice while we seem oblivious. God sends warning after warning in the form of lack of peace in our lives, sermons, songs, and friends who confront us. All the while we meander on in our disobedience and passivity. Everything else in our lives takes priority over our relationship with God.
Does that sound familiar? That’s exactly how God’s chosen people had gotten. Read Amos 6 again – see it? God (through the prophet Amos) is reminding them that it is all coming to an end. Devastation is looming…
What’s God saying to you today? Have you ignored Him? Doing your own thing? Remember consequences to our sin are automatic.
Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap. Galatians 6:7
The God who loves us intensely will also discipline us to bring us back.
My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, nor faint when you are reproved by Him; for those whom the Lord loves he disciplines, and he scourges every son whom he receives.” Hebrews 12:5-6
What God desires is that you will recognize your complacency, repent, and take steps to be restored to your intimacy with Him.
What about those who don’t really know God? Can they be complacent?
And Jesus told them a parable, saying, “The land of a rich man was very productive. And he began reasoning to himself, saying, ‘What shall I do, since I have no place to store my crops?’ Then he said, ‘This is what I will do: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years to come; take your ease, eat, drink and be merry.”‘ But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your soul is required of you; and now who will own what you have prepared?’ So is the man who stores up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.” Luke 12:16-21
Take a moment today and search your heart…
- Have I grown cold in my intimacy with the Lord?
- Am I flat out living in disobedience to Him?
- Are there things He’s asked me to do that I haven’t done?
- Do I not know Him at all and I’m finding my value in other things?
By: Tim Parsons — Lead Pastor