“Because they have forsaken me and burned incense to other gods and aroused my anger by all that their hands have made…” 2 Ch. 34:24
We may be leading our lives in such a way as if the Lord doesn’t really exist; or even if he does exist, he isn’t really sovereign and is in control of all things.
We are not really consistent in our faith and practice. The chasm between the two appears to be rather wide, wider than we can ever imagine.
Aren’t we often anxious about different things? Of course, being anxious or worried about things is an indication of lack of faith in God, believing that his power is insufficient and things concerning me are out of his control. Even worse, we may even think he has bad intentions for us, since he is all powerful, yet he simply refuses to act on our behalf.
We may claim to believe the Lord is both powerful and good, yet our actions seem to say the opposite. By our conduct we seem to believe that he is neither, and our actions do speak louder than words.
Indeed, we don’t actually burn incense to other gods, but we oftentimes act like atheists who don’t believe in the existence of a loving God; therefore we are inclined to take things into our own hands when the situation becomes dicey, trusting men more than God.
How do we mend the gap of our inconsistency between faith and practice? This is the question, isn’t it?
To be born again is to be renewed in all aspects of our being, yet the renewal appears to have occurred in the spiritual realm and seems to have very little impact on our minds. Therefore our new birth doesn’t seem to engender a new way of thinking. Surely, what I am is what I think, so we may be remaining who we have always been emotionally and intellectually, albeit we have been regenerated spiritually.
There is no other way, really. The key to resolving this issue is to reprogram our thinking patterns by conforming to the word of God. We have been lagging behind in reading the Scriptures and acting on the truth contained within them. Consequently, the chasm between our faith and practice has become wider and wider. It may even get to point when we seriously doubt the validity of our faith.
This appears to me, a rather serious issue, and if nothing is done over time, we will become no different from unbelievers.