"It is time to be disturbed"

Rio Mae Tolentino, July 31, 2021
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When we are doing our task, disturbance from anyone is the last thing that we want. But it is an entirely different thing/scenario when it is God Himself who does the disturbing. Unlike what we do with other people, we should welcome it with open arms because it is when God disturbs us that great and life-changing things are going to happen. 

So the question is, "when does God disturb us?"

1. When we keep on walking on the wrong road.

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Matthew 7:13-14 mentions two roads--a broad road  and a narrow road. Out of the two roads mentioned, the scriptures tell us to enter in the narrow road for it leads to life. However, due to our nature and the characteristic of the road, there are times when we stray from the narrow/righteous path and walk down the broad/wrong road. 

When this happens, there are times that we realize early on that we are walking down the wrong path and immediately go back to the right way. But sadly, there are also times when we do not realize that we are wrong, and we tend to keep walking down the wrong road with no sign of going back.

As our Father, He does not want us to keep walking in the wrong path because He knows that at the end of it is destruction. Since He loves us so much, He wishes for us to walk in the right path which leads to life and what is best for us. Thus, in order to prevent us from going further down the wrong road and to lead us back to the righteous path, God disturbs us by using different circumstances so that we will realize that we are already going down the wrong path. 

So if you feel that lately nothing you do seems to be a success, take a look inside yourself. Maybe God is trying to tell you, "My child, you have been walking the wrong path for too long". 

Psalms 139:23-24 (KJV) says, "Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:  And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting."

Thus, if you realize that indeed, you have been walking down the wrong path and God is trying to disturb you, do not disregard His voice that is talking to you. Acknowledge it. Tell Him to search your whole being and lead you so that  you will be able to walk in the right path once again.

2. When we chose to close our eyes.

No matter how comfortable it may be when we do it physically, closing our eyes is not something that we should do spiritually as Christians. When we choose to close our eyes, we miss a lot on the things that God wants us to see--His works, and the needs of the people around us. Sadly, even though we should not, there are times where we choose to close our eyes and we become no different from when we were blind.

When this happens, God disturbs us because He does not want us to stay too blind too long for there are many things that we should be seeing. We should be seeing His goodness and wondrous works so that we would be able to experience the fulness of it.  Psalms 119:18 (NKJV) says, "Open my eyes, that I may see Wondrous things from Your law."

In addition, we should also be seeing the needs of other people emotionally and spiritually. If our eyes remain closed, we will not be able to see their needs, much less help them in their need. Remember, the Bible not only requires us see other's need, but also to help them bear it and let your light shine on them.

Galatians 6:2 (KJV) says, "Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ."

Conversely, Matthew 5:16 (KJV) commands us to "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven."

So if you feel that God is disturbing you because you have been closing your eyes for too long, it is time for you to open them. There are a lot of the Lord's goodness that you should be experiencing fully, and a lot of people whom your light should be shining on.

3. When we have stayed too long in our comfort zone.

Comfort zone is the enemy of progress. All of us certainly do not want to stay in the same place over and over again. We want to make a progress. We want to have a breakthrough. If we want it, God wants it much more than we do. This is why God disturbs us when we stayed in our comfort zone for too long.

Time to be disturbed
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If you are in your comfort zone when God disturbs you, it will not be a pleasant experience. It will subject you to a lot of hardships even greater than anything you have ever experienced. It is so hard that some people will even ask God if this type of disturbance is really needed.

So, if you are experiencing this type of disturbance, know that every hardship will be worth it in the end. God does not allow us to experience unnecessary hardships and heartaches. So all the hardships that you went through are not just for a show. They have a purpose--to allow you to have a breakthrough.

Jeremiah 29:11 (KJV) says, "For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope."

Just like a boat that had been staying in a single place in the middle of a waveless sea, a disturbance is needed in your life so that waves  which will propel you to to your destination will appear. 

4. When we forget about God.

When it comes to love, being forgotten by someone whom you love dearly is probably one of the most heartbreaking things. It is something that none of us would like to experience. However, it is something that God experiences day by day. 

Sadly, even as Christians, we also tend to forget God in favor of other mundane things. Thus, in the midst of our forgetfulness and in the midst of His heartache, God disturbs us to say, "My child, you seem to have forgotten me."

When God disturbs us to say this, it is something that we should take seriously or we could have the risk of spiritual death.

Revelation 2:4-5 (NKJV) says, "Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place—unless you repent."

These verses tell that if we have left and forgotten God, our first love, we should repent from it and do the "first works" which pertains to the first commandment because if not, He Himself will take away His Spirit from us. 

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Mark  12:29-30 (KJV) says, "And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment."

So if you think that you have been focusing on the world and seemed to have forgotten God lately, why won't you pray to Him, repent, and once again love Him with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength?

Now that you know the circumstances when God disturb us, it is time to stop and take a look at yourself. Have you been walking down the wrong road for too long? Have you been closing your eyes? Have you been staying in your comfort zone for a while now? Or have you forgotten about God? Maybe it is time to be disturbed.

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