The song, “If We Ever Needed You”, by Casting Crowns starts out with imagery portraying a group of people with faces down, crying out to God for help declaring they had failed and now their children will pay the price. This is a song about revival. Casting Crowns depicts a clear picture of a nation who has realized they lost focus on what was truly important.
They've taken their eyes off God, sought their own desires and made many mistakes in which now they are paying for. This is a song of repentance and realization that the true focus was forgotten because of selfish wants and a lost message down through the years. “If We Ever Needed You” is a reminder that true happiness will only be found in a personal relationship with Christ.
This lesson has been portrayed over and over and over throughout history. Remember the story of the Tower of Babel? God told the people to move and scatter about the earth. Instead, they pursued their own selfish desires for glory and fame.
After the flood, God blessed Noah and his sons, saying to them: “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the earth.” ( Genesis 9:1 NIV), Hundred of years later,once again, there was a multitude of people dwelling upon the Earth. But sadly, yet again, the world began to be corrupted by sin.. God had told Noah and his sons to fill the Earth, spread out, but a few hundred years later, Noah's descendants had their own ideas. In the story of the Tower of Babel, we see they are no longer concerned with God and His will. They'd forgotton who God was. They had in a sense recreated God in their own heads, and now He didn't seem so special,so powerful, so great. And that rainbow in the sky each time it rained, that symbol God had placed in the clouds to remind them of His faithfulness, most no longer even knew what it meant.
Genesis 11:3 – 7 (NIV) “They said to each other, “Come, let's make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” They used brick instead of stone, and tar for mortar. 4 Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves and not be scattered over the face of the whole earth. But the LORD came down to see the city and the tower that the men were building. 6 The LORD said, “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. 7 Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.”
Passages from Romans 1 explains it this way (Rom. 1:21,22,25 NIV)
“For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools. They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator……”
Romans 3:23( NIV) tells us “for all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” Everyone of us makes mistakes. We're all sinners.
Roman 6:23 (NIV), teaches us about the consequences of sin – “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” The punishment that we have earned for our sins is death. Not just physical death, but eternal death!
Romans 5:8 (NIV) declares, “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Jesus Christ died for us! Jesus' death paid for the price of our sins. Jesus' resurrection proves that God accepted Jesus' death as the payment for our sins
John 12:32 (NIV) says, “But I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself.”
All of creation was created for one sole purpose, to fellowship with God and worship Him.
Proverbs 3:4-5 (NIV) says “Trust the Lord with All Your Heart and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge Him and He Will direct your paths.”
All of this……..
It has been His desire all along , He loves us and He'll never give up on us. He wants all of us to come to Him. Keep your eyes on Him.