We are living in the most troubled times of my 58 years life. It seems everything is just “falling apart at the seems.” The world is exploding with wars, the world economy is on the brink of collapse, moral decay has become the new modern norm. God’s people are confused, frustrated, and in many cases have just given up. Some to just “wait out” the arrival of Jesus and others to just bow their knees to today’s Baal.
Debate rages around the “Christian world” today about what is acceptable and what is not. Many churches are reevaluating their stance on things that since the beginning of the world were/are established by God and his word as sin. It seems that God’s word is being questioned or simply abandoned on every hand. The downward spiral found in Romans 1 seems to reflect the world we live in today like never before.
So, with all this happening, what should be our response? How should God’s people live, act, love, and testify in this most chaotic world? I for one think that there are only two options:
We can take the offensive and engage the world with the same level of contempt with which they have engaged us.
- Remember, even the disciples hoped for Jesus to restore the earthly kingdom of Israel, and Peter sought the use of force to “protect” Jesus from the cross.
- Look at our facebook posts (those of God’s people). Can you not see a tendency for these posts to be political in nature and often times visceral in their approach. Often our attacks bear the same marks of those living in darkness rather than the longsuffering patience of those living in the light.
- The anger is palpable and the results are as expected. The enemy hates us more and uses our own anger to prove his point.
We can recognize our own role in the conditions we live in and seek the power of God for revival.
- Nehemiah recognized that the condition of the people of Israel and the city of Jerusalem were the result of God’s judgement of his people rather than the wickedness of God’s enemies.
- After hearing of the plight of the people and the shameful testimony of God’s city, he “fasted and prayed many days …” acknowledging both the righteousness of God’s judgment and the sinfulness of the people of God beginning with himself and his father’s house. (Nehemiah 1:5-11)
- David said it this way in Psalm 51, “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit. Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.”
- Note in the last verse, it is only with a clean heart, a place in the presence of God, a restored joy, and the power of God upholding us, that transgressors can see and understand God’s was and sinners will be converted to God.
I know that my thoughts today have been tough ones. I also know that if we are not revived then we will be dealt with at the judgement seat of Christ and what things we believe we have done for Christ will go up in smoke as wood, hay, and stubble. And, on this side of eternity, our lives will be more difficult, or enemies will be bolder and God’s hand will be withdrawn from helping his own.
2 Chronicles 7:14 is still in God’s book and unless we heed it we can expect that the place we have in this world will become more perilous by the day. My challenge for us all is to take a deep look at ourselves in the light of the life/words of our Lord Jesus Christ and see if there be some wicked way in us. If so, we need to repent, seek God’s face, and let the revival begin with us!