29 December 2012

Something Different

Therefore do not fear, O My servant Jacob,' says the Lord, 'nor be dismayed, O Israel; for behold, I will save you from afar, and your seed from the land of their captivity. Jacob shall return, have rest and be quiet, and no one shall make him afraid. For I am with you,' says the Lord, 'to save you; though I make a full end of all nations where I have scattered you, yet I will not make a complete end of you. But I will correct you in justice, and will not let you go altogether (Jeremiah 30:10-11)

For the nation and kingdom which will not serve you (Israel) shall perish, and those nations shall be utterly ruined. (Isaiah 60:12)

Come near, you nations, to hear; and heed, you people! Let the earth hear, and all that is in it, the world and all things that come forth from it. For the indignation of the Lord is against all nations, and His fury against all their armies; He has utterly destroyed them, He has given them over to the slaughter. For it is the day of the Lord's vengeance, the year of recompense for the cause of Zion. (Isaiah 34:1-2, 8)


The instant I speak concerning a nation and concerning a kingdom, to pluck up, to pull down, and to destroy it, if that nation against whom I have spoken turns from its evil, I will relent of the disaster that I thought to bring upon it. (Jeremiah 18:7-8)

Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?”
And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Anointed,’ and will deceive many.

And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.

“Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another.

Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. But he who endures to the end shall be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come." (Matthew 24:3-14)

This is a bit of a departure from my normal posting, but I can't put it off any longer. I think we're being warned to pray like we've never prayed before. I know many of you are very uneasy about what's happening around the world, and many of you have stockpiled food and water.

What if the grace of God is literally lifted from this nation? What if His people are too caught up in politics and/or their daily lives to seek Him? What if His people have become lazy or complacent?

We have His promise (Jeremiah 18:7-8, above) that He will have mercy on a nation when it turns back to Him. Must we wait until disaster strikes before we get serious about obeying Him, and seeking His face?


Bob said...

Sometimes reading the Old Testament is like living with a domestic abuser, with the alternating declarations of love followed by threats of violence against everyone for 7 generations. Easy to see why people have trouble committing to it as a religion.

maddmedic said...

Speak it. Shout it.
Is what He wants.
Never be ashamed of His Word.!

Matt said...

Bob, I'd like to respectfully counter your statement with a possible view from God's perspective.

He may view his people in the Old Testament the same way, with periods of obedience and disobedience.


Paul, it seems that the Old testament is full of examples of where the Jews had to hit rock bottom before they changed their ways.

There are examples to the opposite of course, one example being the people of Nineveh who willingly and pro-actively changed their ways after Jonah promised God's destruction of their city if they didn't change.

Great Post, Sir.

Rev. Paul said...

Bob, Matt's onto something. All God's warnings have a promise embedded; each time, He said (in effect), "There are consequences to misbehavior, BUT if you do what I command, you'll be protected from those consequences. PLEASE don't sin."

maddmedic, amen!

Matt, thank you.

Old NFO said...

Can't disagree...

Rev. Paul said...

NFO, thanks. It's pretty plain we're headed down that road at a high rate of speed.

Groundhog said...

Keep preaching it preacher. Its very hard to not have anger boiling over in your heart right now. At least for me it is. I got so much more to say about it all but I really just don't know what else TO say. We're on the edge of madness and badness all together. I'll try your praying directive a little more...

Rev. Paul said...

Groundhog, thank you for the encouragement. As far as for prayer, it's the only thing that works.

uncle al said...

Rev Paul, I couldn't agree more. I'm reminded of a recent comment by Mike Huckabee regarding the Sandy Hook incident. He was asked "where was God" and in summation he replied "we have removed him from every place he was before and yet when something tragic happens we want to know where He was. His entire statement can be reviewed on Godvine Its a few pages in.. Thanks for your dedication and commitment!

ProudHillbilly said...

"The heart is restless until it rests in God" - St. Augustine. And that empty restlessness will be filled with SOMETHING. We live in a culture that is asking all the wrong questions and as a consequence is becoming more deeply mired in all the wrong answers.

Rev. Paul said...

uncle al, thank you. We keep kicking God out; He's a gentleman, and won't butt in.

PH, you're exactly right.