Wednesday, June 6, 2012

No More Cover Up

There are times when God speaks to me and I can't help but wonder if I heard Him correctly or not.  It's times like these when I have a debate of sorts with Him.  For instance, the most recent thing that God has told me happened this past Sunday morning when I was getting ready to leave for Sunday School.  The conversation went something like this:

 God: "Don't wear any make-up."
Me: "What?!"
God: "Don't wear any make-up."
Me: "Ummm... Did You just tell me not to wear any make-up?"
God: "Yes."
Me: Blank stare at myself in the mirror.
Me: "Ummm... Really?"
God: "Yes."
Me: "OK.  What am I supposed to say if people ask me why I'm not wearing any make-up?"
God: "It's time to stop covering up sin."
Me:  "That's it? No Scripture or anything?"
God: "It's time to stop covering up sin."

So, I went to Sunday School and then service without wearing make-up. After praying up front (which is another thing that God has told me to do), I went upstairs to pray for the service. On my way, I said hello to several people.  It was a bit uncomfortable.  Some would do a double take my way. I could tell that some of them were actually trying to recollect the somewhat familiar face in their minds.  When they would realize it was me, they averted their eyes away as if they were embarrassed or something.  Of course, ALL of that could have been my imagination stemming from insecurity, but then again maybe not.  No one asked me why I wasn't wearing make-up. However, I told just a few people the reason anyway.  One person did ask me if there was anything wrong, or was I alright, I don't really remember how she phrased her question.  I gave her the explanation and she completely accepted it without question. 

I made it through the morning and explained to my kids on the way home what was going on.  They were so sweet and supportive.  My son even said that I'm more beautiful without make-up.  I thanked them but told them that being pretty wasn't the point.  I'm trying to obey something that God told me to do.

Before I go, let me share with you the passages of Scripture that God HAS been laying very heavily on my heart concerning His people.  Let me also add that God has affirmed to me over and over this week through different sources and various people that the words from Ezekiel are as relevant today as they were the time Ezekiel spoke them to Israel.

Ezekiel 13: 5, 5-11 
You have not gone up to the breaks in the wall to repair for the house of Israel so that it will stand firm in the battle on the day of the LORD... Because they lead my people astray, saying, "Peace," when there is no peace, and because when a flimsy wall is built, they cover it with whitewash, therefore tell those who cover it with whitewash that it is going to fall.

 Ezekiel 14:1-6 
Some of the elders of Israel came to me and sat down in front of me.  Then the word of the LORD came to me: "Son of man, these men have set up idols in their hearts and put wicked stumbling blocks before their faces.  Should I let them inquire of me at all? Therefore speak to them and tell them, 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: '''When any Israelite sets up idols in his heart and puts a wicked stumbling block before his face and then goes to a prophet, I the LORD will answer him myself in keeping with this idolatry. I will do this to recapture the hearts of the people of Israel, who have all deserted me for their idols.''' "Therefore say to the house of Israel, 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Repent! Turn from your idols and renounce all your detestable practices!'"

I don't know how long God is going to have me go around without make-up.  My prayer and concern is that His message will be received by His people and that revival will take place, not only in my local congregation but across the nation and the world!  We desperately need God, most of us, however, just don't realize it - yet.