“The rest of mankind who were not killed by these plagues still did not repent of the work of their hands; they did not stop worshiping demons, and idols of gold, silver, bronze, stone and wood–idols that cannot see or hear or walk. Nor did they repent of their murders, their magic arts, their sexual immorality or their thefts.” Revelation 9:20-21
In this vision John has God is pouring out His wrath upon mankind for refusing to follow Jesus. He has had the angels pour out plagues upon all mankind destroying a third of them. One third of the number of people on the planet were just killed by God through various disasters and plagues, yet, those who were left refused to repent. They continued to live in their sins.
Many believers believe that if there was a great disaster many people would turn to God. Yes, there are some who will turn to God and stay with God, but the majority will not.
Remember back to 9/11 when a major disaster hit the United States. For a short month or two, many people were filling the churches. It looked like a revival may occur. Then after everything settled down, people went back to their old ways. They left the churches and went back into their selfish sinful living.
The same thing occurred when the major hurricanes hit the nation. Most people started to follow God for a moment, but then went back into sin.
Today the world worships many different idols. These are idols of fame, fortune, looks, prestige, position, sex, violence, and much more.
God is constantly trying to get their attention. He uses a variety of methods to get their attention. Some start to follow God for a moment, usually only until the disaster is over, then go back to their old ways. A very few turn completely to God and stay there.
Where is your heart with God?
Are you following God all the time? Or are you just like the world, calling out to God in a moment of disaster, then going back to your old ways?
Do not allow your heart to be hardened into one of stone against God. Do not allow sin to be your master. Seek God today while you may. Allow God to change you and make you more like Jesus. Do not make God pour out His wrath on you because of sin.
I pray today that you will follow Jesus with all of your heart; that you will turn away from all sin; that you will not worship any idols in your life; and that you will worship and serve only God.