“So teach us to number our days
that we may get a heart of wisdom.”
My bible plopped open to Psalm 91 today, but I don’t think that’s the primary message God had for me today. I’m certainly not one to think that every little thing that happens is God speaking directly to me. However, it is amazing how often it seems to be that he is. So, I’m going to run with this verse. Maybe it’s God’s specific intention for me to write about this verse; maybe it’s not. Either way, this is the direct word of God, so it is always pertinent to our lives.
This verse should be timely for all of us considering the state of lockdown our nation is undergoing with the coronavirus. I live on a gravel road in the middle of nowhere, so my life is isolated except for an internet connection. However, the school bus didn’t go by my house today, and social media is full on conversation. Indeed, times are very strange.
I’ve wondered what it must have been like when God brought his judgments upon Egypt. There must have been strange feel in the air as each one came to pass, and people wondered what was happening. Do you suppose people talked and word spread like wildfire? Did they talk about the Hebrews and this guy named Moses? Did they question what it was all about and wonder if perhaps there was something to what Moses had to say?
At first they probably shrugged it off; but at some point, things must have gotten very real for them. Yet they had one guy who wouldn’t budge: Pharaoh. Then things turned from bad to worse to worse to worse. For us looking back, we think how foolish Pharaoh was. While it’s true our world leaders today are reacting to this plague, none of them are repenting like a few of the kings of Judah.
Certainly, this is a call for the entire world to do just that, but will it listen? I’m afraid not, but that shouldn’t discourage those of us who are believers. Why? Because even though the world, as a whole, has never repented, many people do. Folks, it seems to me that the fields are ripe.
“Look, I tell you, lift up your eyes,
and see that the fields are white for harvest.”
Folks, I believe this virus is a warning from God for the world to acknowledge Him and repent. Therefore, it is a call for believers to inform and instruct.
“How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news,
who publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness,
who publishes salvation, who says to Zion, ‘Your God reigns.’”
My question to you is this. Are you, as a believer, willing to recognize this pandemic as a field ready for harvest and become a worker?
“Already the one who reaps is receiving wages and gathering fruit for eternal life,
So that the sower and reaper may rejoice together.”
Listen, church, if we aren’t willing to wake up and preach the good news in times such as these, wow!
Revelation 3:1-6 “And to the angel of the church in Sardis write: ‘These words of him who has the seven spirits of God and the seven stars. I know your works. You have the reputation of being alive, but you are dead. Wake up, and strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have not found your works complete in the sight of my God. Remember, then, what you received and heard. Keep it, and repent. If you will not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know what hour I will come against you. Yet you have still a few names in Sardis, people who have not soiled their garments, and they will walk with me in white, for they are worthy. The one who conquers will be clothed thus in white garments, and I will never blot his name out of the book of life. I will confess his name before my Father and before his angels. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’”
Wake up, church, and recognize the times. And the times are this – a call for YOU to act. Share the good news. Witness to people. Tell them about repentance. We, including me, have been very lazy about this. It’s time to change our ways! Read this very, very carefully:
2 Chronicles 7:13-14 When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command the locust to devour the land, or send pestilence among my people, if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
Is the hair on your neck standing up yet? It should.
Now is the time for action! Move!
Father, light up your church! Amen!
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