A word I have heard often to define this year is unprecedented. People proclaim, “I never thought I would see the day when . . .” Many are sure that there has never been a day like this and that what is happening around us is a sure sign of the return of Christ. I don’t believe anyone is privy to the date of Christ’s return. In our world today there may be signs of the apocalypse. But what I am sure of is that the state of our world and our country is no surprise to God.
The words of Isaiah spoke to a rebellious nation between 740 – 680 BC. Several millennia ago the nation walked away from God and godly principles and thus stepped away from God’s protection. Isaiah spoke of the results of living outside of God’s direction and instructions. The Message translation adds a relevant tone to the words of the prophet.
The Master, GOD-of-the-Angel-Armies, is emptying Jerusalem and Judah of all the basic necessities, plain bread and water to begin with. He’s withdrawing police and protection, judges and courts, pastors and teachers, captains and generals, doctors and nurses, and, yes, even the repairmen and jacks-of-all-trades. He says, “I’ll put little kids in charge of the city. Schoolboys and schoolgirls will order everyone around. People will be at each other’s throats, stabbing one another in the back: neighbor against neighbor, young against old, the no-account against the well-respected. – Isaiah 3:1-5 MSG
Life outside of God began with the scarcity of basic necessities. Then it affected the police department, the churches, the military, and the medical community. The immature rose to places of leadership and common sense went out the window. People turned on each other and it became divisive, disrespectful and down right mean. Sound familiar?
What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun. – Ecclesiastes 1:9
God is not surprised by the events of our day and the ‘unprecedented’ season we find ourselves in. God is not shocked or confused or baffled by the chaos of our culture. God has a plan to draw people back into order. God has a plan to put the nation back under His protection. God has a plan to bring harmony and love back to our neighborhoods. That plan is YOU!
“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. – Matthew 5:14-16
Immature leadership will only exacerbate the problems we see and continue the downward spiral. God has chosen you and I to be the light of the world and the salt of the earth. We are to channel much needed wisdom, grace and love from the Father to our neighbor. We are to point to the direction of the Way, the Truth and the Life. We are to be peacemakers, healers and unifiers. We are to live in such a way that the world can see the good of God and the benefits of living with God’s boundaries. We are to swim against the tide and bring hope to our world by bringing Christ as the solution.
My parents often taught me that I was either a part of the solution or a part of the problem. I know that Jesus is the answer. I know that I am called to walk with Him and work with Him. As Christ’s ambassador, I am a much-needed part of the healing to this ‘unique’ time of history.