Very recently, God was knocking at the hearts of Albertans, whispering into their ears “Come to Me. Repent and turn from your wicked ways” and saying “I desire to bless you! Why in the past decades have you chosen to walk away from me? Why? Come back to me!”
During this difficult time I was observing the attitude of Albertans regarding the flooding. Let me be clear with all of you. I do not believe that what we have seen in the past few months with the flooding was a major judgment of God. I believe it was just a tear that came from the eyes of God, a little wake up call for all of us. When Jesus looked at Jerusalem He wept. I think that’s what we have seen here. Jesus is weeping for this province, for the over 10,000 murdered children by abortion per year in Alberta alone. He is weeping for the perversions of homosexuality which includes the walking out the pride of their abominations in the streets of our cities; in front of our kids and in front of those who fought wars for freedom (but not this kind of freedom). Jesus is weeping for all of these injustices, for the arrogance and pride that is now happening openly all around us. Still, a gentle reminder from God: “Where is this society going? Is this the right direction?”
These sorts of circumstances such as flooding, tornadoes, hail, natural disasters etc. create a scenario for two things to happen.
The first scenario is that people humble themselves and turn back to the One that controls the situation. Immediately they will repent, turn from evil and will do everything in their power to change their ways for good. In return they will have peace and a supernatural blessing to come out from the very tough and difficult situation.
The second type of response is simple human pride. People look at the situation with arrogance and a hostile attitude. Instead of realizing their shortcomings and this awesome opportunity to return to the God of blessings, they lift their fists, shaking them towards heaven declaring “Come Hell or High Water” nothing and no one will stop us! We are untouchable, above the law including God’s law. Deep inside they know that there is someone powerful and mighty, the Creator of the heavens and the Earth. But confronted with this truth, they realize they would have to make a decision to change. I believe that this is the biggest problem… People do not want to change! They want to drink, party, have sex, use drugs, and commit crimes. It gives them a sense of freedom. They can lie to their own conscience saying, “we can do whatever we want!” Later every one of us realize that there is no freedom in sin. To escape guilt, people love to invent ideas such as “mother nature”. You see, now they don’t have to be accountable to anyone because they do not believe in God (so they say), but they are desperately claiming that they DO believe in something like mother nature. All of this creates a very interesting game. The guilt is shifted. Now suddenly it’s not us responsible for anything, it’s nature’s fault. We all walk away from this self-made trial, justified in going back into the very thing that brought the trouble in the first place. What a shame!
Shame on Alberta for not humbling itself before the God of their fathers, who brought all of this blessing upon this wonderful land. Shame on Calgary for not recognizing the time of God’s visitation, and instead of saying “come Jesus, come blessing”, we turn around showing God the middle finger declaring we prefer hell and high water. Shame on the church who instead of rebuking the arrogance and pride, submitted themselves to a curse of participating in this mockery. Have we not heard that God is in control of everything? Do we not know that God will not be mocked forever? Don’t we know that He, the living and only God, Jesus Christ, opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble? Why in this province do we say in our hearts, that no matter what comes upon us, either God or the devil, that “we will build higher, stronger, bigger more beautiful and powerful! We are Albertans! We are Calgarians!”
In Malachi 1, God reminds us of the danger of having an attitude like this. “Thus says the Lord of hosts: “They may build, but I will throw down; They shall be called the Territory of wickedness, And the people against whom the Lord will have indignation forever.”” Do you think it cannot happen? You’re just not listening. It has happened before and it can happen again.
Alberta, humble yourselves and you will be exalted. But keep on with this attitude of arrogance and pride and you will be put to shame. The choice is yours.
God desires from Albertans (and most importantly from the churches) to say “Forgive us Lord, we humble ourselves”. Instead, what he has heard is “No matter what, we will not be shaken!”.
God of the Heavens and the Earth, we pray for the Spirit of humbleness to come upon our city of Calgary, our province of Alberta and our country of Canada. Come Holy Spirit and have your way in this beautiful land.
This flooding was just a gentle reminder from a very patient and loving God of The Heavens and the Earth that He is still the one that holds everything in the palms of His hands!
Job 9:6 He shakes the earth from its place and makes its pillars tremble.
Psalm 18:7 The earth trembled and quaked, and the foundations of the mountains shook; they trembled because he was angry.
Isaiah 13:13 For I will shake the heavens. The earth will move from its place when the LORD of Heaven’s Armies displays his wrath in the day of his fierce anger.”
Revelation 22:12 – And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward [is] with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.
1 Peter 4:17 – For the time [is come] that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if [it] first [begin] at us, what shall the end [be] of them that obey not the gospel of God?