“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Jeremiah 29:11 NIV
In these days of political unrest, accusations, and frustrations, you’d think there would be more who look for the fruits… But I’m finding few look for the fruits of the spirit, and even fewer of the fruits can be found. Even in so-called Christians.
At first I thought I was missing something, and then I realized it isn’t just me, there are many who aren’t finding the fruits they’re looking for in others… Oh, there’s plenty of judgment to go around, several times… I’ve been judged repeatedly, and often misjudged, but still… Those who are most intent on judging me for my political choices, rail against my ‘moral ineptitude’ all while wasting their own moral choices on non-sequiturs who can’t possibly achieve the goal.
The goal being to turn our nation around without a brutal war…
“Vengeance is mine,” sayeth the Lord, and yet so many believe ‘we’ need to ignite the war ourselves. I’m not buying it…
As I mourn for the nation that I was born into, I hear many cry out for war against the ills that are befalling us, and yet, there is that promise of being comforted by God. We cry out for God’s blessing, God’s comfort over our land, and even more for His protection. The trouble with those prayers for comfort, blessing, and protection is that we forget what must come first. For those of you who don’t know that there’s work to be done before God will bless our nation, and before he will lift a finger to protect our nation, I’m going to share the reality here —-
We are called to humble ourselves before God, seek His face, and pray, turning from our wicked ways, so that he can hear us from Heaven, forgive our sin, and heal our land… folks, I think He means it.
We have to seek His face and pray.
We have to humble ourselves before God.
We have to turn from our wicked ways.
That doesn’t mean we have to have been perfect for a lifetime or that only those who have been Christians for a long time can come before God. It means that all who have sinned must turn away from the wickedness and seek God’s face. It means everyone should be praying.
It means that those who are not praying, are not seeking Him, and are not living for God are going to be set as examples. All may be persecuted, but there will be many who will turn against God, and they will be shown for who they are.