Our World is in Turmoil
So much is going on in the world today is an understatement. The corona-virus, shutdowns, impeachments, riots/protests, elections, etc. It is difficult not to get caught up in all of it.
With all this going on, we have to believe God is in it. He is not being tossed to the side waiting for a chance to get back into the discussion. God is working.
The problem is, we don’t really know what that may be.
What the Disciples Went Through
I can’t help but think of the followers of Jesus during the passion week. The week starts with the exciting hope of Jesus coming into His possible reign. Crowds were cheering; Jerusalem was turned upside down.
Within a few days, Jesus is arrested, tried, and crucified. Rumors coming out that one of His disciples betrayed Him, and even Peter denied Him.
A few days after that, news is spreading that Jesus rose from the dead – His tomb is empty.
In the same way, we can see that our world is turmoil, we don’t know what is going on, but Jesus is secure on His mission.
What is God Doing?
Personally, I feel He plans on using someone unexpected. It seems to be how God likes to work. The Messiah king was born in a manager among the farm animals. The writer of the majority of the New Testament was one of the greatest enemies to the early church. The one called the man after God’s heart was the warrior who killed his tens of thousands.
Over 50 years ago, Martin Luther King led our nation a huge step forward toward racial reconciliation. Out of the oppressed people, God raised a man to melt the hearts of the oppressors.
In our times, I believe God will raise up another black man or woman to continue moving us forward. I also believe this person will lead our nation toward revival. I think the Church needs to be alert for their arrival.
David’s Wife Missed Out On God’s Blessings
David’s wife, Michal, grew up in the established kingdom as Saul’s daughter. When the ark of the Lord was coming back into Jerusalem, David led the procession with wild dancing. This was not the way a king was to present himself, and Michal despised him for it.
The Scripture tells us that God saw her judgement and never gave birth to a child.
When God does something new, He always births something new in us. Intimacy leads to reproduction. Michal missed out on the blessing God was giving because she despised God’s messenger.
Preparing for God’s Next Season
There is a stirring going on, and God is not absent. The place where the greatest pain has been felt is often where God’s answer will arise. Will we be open to whatever God’s answer may look like?
What if the person God uses does not have the “right” credentials, education, age, gender, or past?
Let’s be like Elijah, and ask if God is in the wind, fire, earthquake, or the whisper. He may not act like He has done in the past. He often does something new.
Let’s not miss what God is doing in the next season because we despised the fact it didn’t come like we expected. The Pharisees missed out on God’s arrival in their times even though they spent their entire lives in the study of Scripture.
Listening to What God is Doing
Good conversation means we dismiss our assumption of what will be said in order to listen to what is actually being said. Listening is being present for the conversation.
When we feel safe that the other person will not attack but will care for us, we can freely give ourselves to the conversation. Safety enables hearing.
The same is true with God. Trusting that He actually is for us, prepares us to listen when He speaks.
Love is returning to our world. God is ready to invade. He has heard our cries.
Come quickly, Lord Jesus.
I’d love to hear your thoughts. What do you feel God is doing? Leave a comment below.