A preacher or teacher should never start out a lesson by saying they’re sorry. But I’m breaking that rule. I KNOW that some are tired of seeing how the Scriptures from the past have such an influence on what is happening this very day, in this very time, thousands of years after they were originally written. BUT – and I can’t help pointing it out, this shows just how relevant the Holy Bible remains through every age into our modern age! That fact alone to me is extremely awesome!
The last couple of months, I have been visiting some of the Old Testament Prophets and writings in the Bible in a translation I received quite a few years ago as a gift. For reading purposes, the NLT or Holy Bible, New Living Translation is very easy as it is very modern updated English. For study purposes I still use my two favorite versions, the New King James Version and the New American Standard Bible. Predominately the NKJV is the one I use, but I do not feel constrained as some do by a particular version because I always search out the “Spirit of the Word and not the letter only!” But that’s just me.
Anyway, I just finished the Psalms yesterday and today I started Proverbs. My wife thought I must have been crazy, because I got rather excited. Now mind you, what is going on in our Nation and in the World does NOT excite me other than I am seeing the Hand of God take charge and is showing this world and our Nation just how far their human wisdom goes!
I have been criticized because I believe there is much more behind this Coronavirus “pandemic” than what is being told. The facts from everyday doctors is not lining up with everything we are being told by the governments and the left-leaning media. In our Nation, this is the very thing the liberals were hoping for and they are using it to their advantage to do to the President’s administration what they couldn’t do through other lies and slander. But, the particulars and the hidden agenda is between them and God and we as God’s children just need to keep praying for our leaders and also that those things hidden in the dark will eventually be brought to light. This is ALL a part of God’s Sovereign plans, and not man’s though he may think he is leading the circumstances.
Now I started something with the Prophet Jeremiah a couple of months ago before all the panic and fear started gripping people and it has amazed me as I have gone through his writings and Ezekiel’s and Psalms, etc., how so many things happening in our Nation today parallel what went on with the rebellious children of Israel when God had to allow judgement on them for turning their backs on Him.
You see, we read the Bible and sometimes lose a sense of the time span for things to happen. Yet today, we are seeing things progress over a period of time. We are seeing the beginning of judgement on a Nation that abandoned God’s values and principles decades ago. It has progressed more and more to the point where God’s children today, those reborn in Christ, are crying out for God to intercede. Well, like the tip of an iceberg, we are seeing just that, the “tip” of God standing back and letting the shame, guilt and sin do to those who wish to continue in those sins, confound and confuse their minds. We are seeing it play out, after witnessing God’s blessing and prosperity for three and a half years at an almost miraculous rate, those that cried out for the “good times” to come back have seen it start and yet, even in that have refused to give up their sinful and wicked ways. So what did the Lord God do? Along with what man selfishly wanted, He also sent a “plague.” Now, don’t get me wrong, this Coronavirus, as much as the government hates those of us to call it the flu, is JUST a flu virus! A serious one yes, but despite their propaganda of fear, their statistics according to everyday doctors is NOT adding up. So far, world-wide, the death toll, the REAL death toll, NOT the projected model, has been less than the annual flu during flu season.
No, you do not have to believe me, I am literally a nobody in the world’s eyes. But I do ask questions and the Lord has given me common sense and an ability to discern spiritually! If you are a child of God’s, abiding in Him and the Holy Spirit is abiding in you, then you have that same spiritual sense AND the same discernment. The Lord does NOT allow His children, His TRUE children to be caught off guard! So what does the TRUE Church do? We sit and wait before the Lord and await HIS direction, not what we anticipate to be His direction. We watch, we pray, and we do what we CAN do within the confines of His direction.
Some say this is a lack of faith, a weakened Church, but I say it takes an immense amount of faith to wait upon the Lord and His direction. Man ALWAYS wants to jump in and do what He thinks the church should do. That is the sign of religion, NOT a spiritual lifestyle based on the leading of the Holy Spirit.
So now, with those statements and that background into my thinking and reasoning I want to share with you the Scriptures that got me so excited this morning. They are in modern English, easy to read AND to understand. I do NOT take joy in God’s judgement, no one should, but I DO find immense joy in watching blatant evil and outright sin being exposed and dealt with! Our God IS a holy and just God. His unfailing love for each of His children demands that He be true to His Word and His unchanging Character.
Now, here is Wisdom speaking through God’s never-changing Holy Word:
Wisdom Shouts in the Streets
20 Wisdom shouts in the streets.
She cries out in the public square.
21 She calls out to the crowds along the main street,
and to those in front of city hall.
22 “You simpletons!” she cries.
“How long will you go on being simpleminded?
How long will you mockers relish your mocking?
How long will you fools fight the facts?
23 Come here and listen to me!
I’ll pour out the spirit of wisdom upon you
and make you wise.”
24 “I called you so often, but you didn’t come.
I reached out to you, but you paid no attention.
25 You ignored my advice
and rejected the correction I offered.
26 So I will laugh when you are in trouble!
I will mock you when disaster overtakes you—
27 when calamity overcomes you like a storm,
when you are engulfed by trouble,
and when anguish and distress overwhelm you.”
28 “I will not answer when they cry for help.
Even though they anxiously search for me, they will not find me.
29 For they hated knowledge
and chose not to fear the Lord.
30 They rejected my advice
and paid no attention when I corrected them.
31 That is why they must eat the bitter fruit of living their own way.
They must experience the full terror of the path they have chosen.
32 For they are simpletons who turn away from me—to death.
They are fools, and their own complacency will destroy them.
33 But all who listen to me will live in peace and safety,
unafraid of harm.”
We have watched things start to happen politically and socially in our Nation for a long time and the United States is not the only Nation experiencing this, but those who have rejected the Lord and His principles and values are now in panic mode, shutting down the economy and way of life that has seen historical gains for three and a half years. In their wisdom, these leaders who have voted for the advancement of sinful behavior and lifestyles despite the values of which this country was founded on are now making decisions based on the FEAR (not faith) of a flu virus that is not as bad as some things from our past. They demonstrate confounded and confused mental states and their sinful shame and guilt is bringing judgement upon themselves.
We as children of the Most High, need to pray for revival and God’s perfect will to be accomplished. Not what we THINK is God’s perfect will, but pray for it and allow Him and His Spirit to accomplish what will be accomplished! He will take care of His own, there are no doubts about that, for He has ALWAYS made a way for His righteous children. We can ALWAYS rely upon His Word to tell us what is in store and what His children can expect. This SHOULD give His children amazing comfort, security AND assurance! Do not forget, we serve an ALMIGHTY and SOVEREIGN GOD!
There is absolutely nothing that our Heavenly Father cannot do! There is absolutely nothing that our Heavenly Father will not do to care for His beloved children. Let’s pray for one another and hold each other up. Let’s continue to watch as the Glory of God unfolds right before our very eyes. If you have any doubts that His Word is alive and real, all we need to do is open our eyes!