Tuesday, October 4, 2016
“You have invited terrors from all around, as though you were calling them to a day of feasting. In the day of the Lord’s anger, no one has escaped or survived. The enemy has killed all the children whom I carried and raised.” Lamentations 2:22(NLT)
For every child of God defeats this evil world, and we achieve this victory through our faith. And who can win this battle against the world? Only those who believe that Jesus is the Son of God. 1 John 5:4(NLT)
Of all the preachers in the world whom Joel Osteen would NOT call to supply for him when he went on vacation, Jeremiah heads the list! Jeremiah watched the devastation as Israel was plowed-under by her enemies and laments loudly that God has forsaken them in the day of terror; even worse, God was behind it all!
Not much prosperity theology or feel good in that sermon!
But Jeremiah wasn’t filling-in for a 21st century entertainer, he was speaking for JHVH. And the message he was bringing was that God had indeed orchestrated the devastation of Jerusalem by her enemies because of her sinful ways(Lamentations 1:5, 8).
They had forsaken their God and this was a nation’s wake-up call!
The two greatest threats to any nation’s soul are riches and terror. Riches are what lead to ease and self-indulgence; terror is what drives a nation back to pray. And a nation is really in trouble when the powerfully-rich are leading the prayers.
I’ve been working on a sermon called “Undecided – But Leaning”. It is an expression of lament for America in its current political cycle. We are more than divided, America has become so polarized around political personalities that we fail to see our real threat. The biggest enemy America faces is not a wobbling economy, poor education, or even terrorists from al Qaeda or ISIS; our real enemy, like Israel of old is going to be God.
In Scripture JHVH is described as patient(2 Peter 3:9) but you have to wonder if we are at the end of that string. In His kindness and forbearing ways, the loving, heavenly Father will allow His children to step just so far away from His purposes before he snaps us back to reality.
When terror struck on September 11, 2001, the following week churches were filled with praying people. Fifteen years later we still shudder over the terror attacks, but now churches are emptying faster than rats exit a sinking ship.
In our political games-playing we have a candidate who wants to make America great again, and one who wants to save us from the candidate who wants to make America great again. The insults are flung back and forth across the aisle and the news networks are raking in big bucks covering the entertainment.
My question is: Are there any left in Zion who will bend the knee? Or are we bound for the land of Babylon’s captivity?
If this devotion sounded dark to you today, perhaps it is because we are a lot closer to midnight on God’s scale, than the breaking dawn you hear from the politicians.
True victory over any kind of terror is a matter of faith.
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