From Randy Mitchell
Living in the Midwest, we get to experience God’s handy work as temperatures rise in the middle of summer and we literally feel the effects of God turning up the heat.
Have you ever considered the idea that God turns up the heat at different times and through certain circumstances in our own lives to get our attention? I’m convinced that God is not apathetic toward us. I believe that there is one thing that could never be said of God, and that He is indifferent.
God is neither apathetic nor indifferent toward you. He would go any length to prove that to you. Anyone that would offer His Son to pay for your sin is serious about wanting you to know that how much He cares about you and about the plans He has for your life. The Bible provides us a record of events and situations where God turned up the heat as it were, as an attention getter to prove that He could be trusted in every circumstance, face the reality of their sinful behavior and move men from wandering through life without purpose to important roles of leadership.
I remember from my childhood watching my grandmother and my mother can vegetables from our garden and make homemade jelly.
Adding to the misery of homes without air conditioning would be the heat and steam coming from burners on the kitchen stove that were boiling the imperfections from grapes and raspberries that would later be the jelly I would enjoy on my biscuits or toast at breakfast in days to come. The product was worth the process. The heat of the moment produced a product that was beneficial to many people. The same is true in real life situations. The heat of the moment can be the process by which god choose to change us. The change is not just for our benefit, but for other lives He desires to impact.
The Old Testament prophet Jeremiah spoke boldly to the people of his day to remind them that God is interested in the activities our lives and that He already knows and cares enough about it get our attention and get us looking to Him.
You live in the midst of deception; in their deceit they refuse to acknowledge me,” declares the LORD. Therefore this is what the LORD Almighty says: “See, I will refine and test them, for what else can I do because of the sin of my people? Jeremiah 9:6-7 NIV
Randy Mitchell is Senior Pastor at Flack Memorial in Excelsior Springs, MO