Take care of the roots, and the situation comes under control
Increased tolerance, complacency, and a co-existence with sin step by step lower the shield of God’s protection and provision, replacing it with His judgments.
There is a difference between defiance and restoration. Restoration replaces bricks with bricks; defiance replaces bricks with hewn stone.
The real issue is in the refusal to rebuild God’s original with His exact pattern and purpose and plan. The tragedy occurs after a while of continually altering God’s design; we find we have replaced God as the architect and contractor in the building of our lives and made Him a subcontractor, subject to our instructions. This results in something that we consider more attractive and practical to us personally but having no strength or roots to stand in the storms of life. Storms test, strengthen, establish us in our faith, and enlarge and enrich the quality and durability of the fruits of our lives.
No longer seeing the original plan as being adequate, refusing to locate and correct the cause of the calamity, we instead redefine what is right and wrong and we push ourselves over the cliff of destruction. Instead, by dealing only with surface symptoms, this insures the increasingly growth of the root problem. It is only when the root is dealt with (through confession, repentance) does remission and restoration take place.
Many of the damaging decisions our government makes in the laws it passes and the legal decisions they put into place were not all done with evil intent. They truly thought that these superficial steps would, if not permanently then at least temporarily, correct the situation until by a natural sequence of events everything would return to normal. Unfortunately, we have, without being aware of it, redefined what is normal and approved by God. Anything we accept as normal that God does not is subject to the consequences of His disapproval.
There are two shakings that take place in the lives of non-Christians as well as compromised Christians. The first is intended to lead to repentance, followed by remission, concluding in restoration. The second leads to the judgments of God.