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Don’t just stand there…do something! PRAY!

on December 17, 2012

Stained glass at St John the Baptist's Anglica...

 

“Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.  Praise the Lord.” Psalm 150:6

It is beyond difficult in our human condition to think that our nation’s security is once again under attack.  We are living in a time of darkness.  While we (those who are adults) were once able to run and play until ‘the street lights came on’, our children are guarded by the fences that surround their backyards.  We were able to walk to school, ride bikes to the variety, we were free to play and romp and be kids.  Our kids are growing up in a much different time.  I have been praying to understand the difference.  Some say our world is over populated, there are too many people; the odds of great sin and sadness are greater as the volume of people increases…NO!  We aren’t over-populated.  The world has as many people as the Lord, Himself, has created.  He commands us to be “fruitful and multiply”.  And we have.  He also commands us “to love the Lord your God with all your heart”. And we don’t.

So, I have been praying and meditating on scripture and gleaning from the insights of others.  The Lord has given me this:

We have all but abandoned God.  We have turned our back on Him.  We have allowed atheists and the ACLU to overrun our thinking. We have coddled their discomfort and lack of belief to the degree that we have run God out of our everyday.  We have taken God out of our schools and workplace so as not to offend the non-believers.  You know what? I am offended.  I am outraged.  I am beyond grieved for our nation…for our world.  We have allowed the fundamental beliefs of the nation to play second fiddle to the whining and crying of those who chose to live outside of the will of God.  We have filled the God sized holes in our hearts with blasphemy and hate.  We have allowed those who feel threatened by the Word to take strongholds in our lives.  We have walked on eggshells long enough.  We have given strength to evil through our complete and blatant disregard for the One who created us to love and be loved.  We have killed babies, trampled homeless, disregarded the sick and needy.  We have spit in the face of righteousness and we wonder how the horrible awful events of today can take place…Really?  We wonder how we can live in a world with such tumult?  We have abandoned God.  Why would we accept anything other than evil to pervade our midst?  How can we expect the Lord to hold us close to His heart when we have banished Him from ours?  He has created us with freewill.  He said, “come unto me and I will give you rest.”  He said “seek and you shall find.” But we are not seeking or resting…we are running and building idols in hopes that our manmade creations will bring us peace and comfort and saving.  How can we expect protection when we deny the Lord from every aspect of our lives?

Don’t question the NRA or the policies or the doctors or the counselors or God…question yourself.  All of us.  Even those of us who claim righteousness in the name of Jesus, are we really living out our call from God fully, or are we merely going through the motions?  We are sinning as a nation…as a people…as a world.  We are sinning against the One True God and we wonder where He is?

Turn to the Lord.  Turn to Him.  Repent of your sin-nature. Seek Him.  Live in Him.  Hold fast to the heart of Christ.

Father,
You are present. You are waiting on us to ask and seek and plead for your forgiveness and mercy.  Lord, help heal us.  Help to turn us back to You. Father, change our hearts.  Bring back the desire to give you thanks and praise. Lord, change our nation, our world. Lord, You are mighty to heal and save.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.

2 Chronicles 15
New International Version (NIV)

Asa’s Reform
15 The Spirit of God came on Azariah son of Oded. 2 He went out to meet Asa and said to him, “Listen to me, Asa and all Judah and Benjamin. The Lord is with you when you are with him. If you seek him, he will be found by you, but if you forsake him, he will forsake you. 3 For a long time Israel was without the true God, without a priest to teach and without the law. 4 But in their distress they turned to the Lord, the God of Israel, and sought him, and he was found by them. 5 In those days it was not safe to travel about, for all the inhabitants of the lands were in great turmoil. 6 One nation was being crushed by another and one city by another, because God was troubling them with every kind of distress. 7 But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded.” 8 When Asa heard these words and the prophecy of Azariah son of[a] Oded the prophet, he took courage. He removed the detestable idols from the whole land of Judah and Benjamin and from the towns he had captured in the hills of Ephraim. He repaired the altar of the Lord that was in front of the portico of the Lord’s temple. 9 Then he assembled all Judah and Benjamin and the people from Ephraim, Manasseh and Simeon who had settled among them, for large numbers had come over to him from Israel when they saw that the Lord his God was with him. 10 They assembled at Jerusalem in the third month of the fifteenth year of Asa’s reign. 11 At that time they sacrificed to the Lord seven hundred head of cattle and seven thousand sheep and goats from the plunder they had brought back. 12 They entered into a covenant to seek the Lord, the God of their ancestors, with all their heart and soul. 13 All who would not seek the Lord, the God of Israel, were to be put to death, whether small or great, man or woman. 14 They took an oath to the Lord with loud acclamation, with shouting and with trumpets and horns. 15 All Judah rejoiced about the oath because they had sworn it wholeheartedly. They sought God eagerly, and he was found by them. So the Lord gave them rest on every side. 16 King Asa also deposed his grandmother Maakah from her position as queen mother, because she had made a repulsive image for the worship of Asherah. Asa cut it down, broke it up and burned it in the Kidron Valley. 17 Although he did not remove the high places from Israel, Asa’s heart was fully committed to the Lord all his life. 18 He brought into the temple of God the silver and gold and the articles that he and his father had dedicated.

19 There was no more war until the thirty-fifth year of Asa’s reign.

 

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