“Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance?”Romans 2:4, NKJV
Many of us are on a ride of patterns. We get on a ride over and over, knowing the outcome but still getting on. It’s the definition of insanity. In some cases, we like the insanity. It keeps us in victim mode which allows us to manipulate others into giving us sympathy. What we don’t realize is that our patterns are all going to end someday and we will have to answer for our choices. Some are more destructive than others, but all will end the same.
Much like the Splash Mountain ride at Disneyland, everything seems fine at first. We’re among friends in still waters and don’t foresee anything changing. We are still being provided for and are blessed. But, slowly the warnings show up.
Unfortunately, sometimes we are too rebellious to realize or care about the consequences of our choices until there’s nothing that can be done. Some of us don’t see the plunge our life is taking until we’re at the bottom, “soaked.” Truly, pride cometh before a fall. Some of us are at the top of our game when it happens. Some of us are being so immensely blessed even in the midst of great sin, but the waters are slowly being troubled.
And the signs are all there.
In the ride, the music and light subtly changes and the signs say turn back and don’t go. In life, God’s lovingkindness is meant to lead us to repentance. Blessings, provision, and security may occur at first to cause us to see His grace and repent, being fully restored.
If we don’t repent, that all begins to change. Things aren’t all that easy anymore. We are allowed to walk out of His protection, and provision dries up. Friends begin to warn us, the Word convicts us, and we feel uneasy. But, if we don’t heed any of it, we will inevitably be left to our own destruction. This is mercy and true love. In this, there is still hope that we will realize our mistakes and beg for forgiveness.
It could be you. It could be me. At any point if we ignore the Lord and His Word, we are in line for the ride. We’re in the seat, we’re going up the river to the top of the cliff.
We have to stop getting in line in the first place. We must live in constant fear of the Lord and strive every day to follow His Word. That fear is the beginning of wisdom. It will save us from ourselves, which will save us from destruction and an eternity without Him.
God, help me to have a healthy fear of You. Help me to always heed Your Word and Your Holy Spirit’s conviction. Teach me to see my own patterns and seek Your help to break the cycle. Help me to grow in You and draw near to You. That way I’ll have better than a bird’s-eye view of my life to see when the enemy is on his way to tempt me with my own desires. Help me to never take You for granted or choose my desire over Your will. Amen