Perhaps it may turn out a sang,
Perhaps turn out a sermon.

-- R. Burns Epistle to a Young Friend

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Some Reviving

For we are slaves. Yet our God has not forsaken us in our slavery, but has extended to us his steadfast love before the kings of Persia, to grant us some reviving to set up the house of our God, to repair its ruins, and to give us protection in Judea and Jerusalem.  -- Ezra 9:9

We were slaves to sin, to the old nature, to the powers and principalities of this world and its darkness.  The deliverance of the Jews from their captivity and exile and their restoration to Jerusalem foreshadows our deliverance through Christ who, as Philippians 2:7 says, effectively made Himself a slave like us.  He experienced the rejection of death and exile in hell.  Then He arose triumphant -- just as He had said, at the end of three days, “reviving” and rebuilding the true Temple of God – His own body. 

The world is troubled in many ways today.  There is fear and violence and uncertainty.  Financial crises loom.  Terror and persecution stalk the lives of innocent people in countries all over the planet.  Fools cry, “Peace, peace”, but there is no peace for those ruled and controlled by spiritual wickedness. The problems faced by humanity cannot be solved by military interventions, global initiatives, bail-outs, bail-ins, or changing flags. 

When it comes to eschatology, as I have said before, there is a lot I don’t know, but I do know the Lord gives wisdom to those who will ask of Him.  For those Christians who have not asked already, I would suggest that now would be a really good time to ask in earnest.  I’m not saying that the Lord has spoken to me about anything, but I have a feeling we are going to go through some changes and difficulties such that most of us in the West have not seen or experienced. 

It will, I think, be a kind of exile.  Keep Peter’s warning in mind:  For it is time for judgment to begin at the household of God; and if it begins with us, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God? (1 Peter 4:17)  People are hollering about America being judged for court decisions and such.  The Lord might decide to straighten out His people before He starts on the world.  We should not be discouraged if that should be the case for it means we are closer to revival, renewal, and restoration than ever before.


USS Ben USN (Ret) said...

Amen, brother.
IMO, oftimes, God simply let's people have what they want. Which is usually a bad thing unless what we want is wisdom n' truth.
Doesn't matter if many people wanna call it utopia, it's still a manmade hell.
Because even when those who deny God's guidance and wisdom get what they want, they are still never happy and never at peace.

Of course they blame their unhappiness on others or a lack of money (and ironically they can't see that their wishes results in less money for everyone), rather than looking inward to the cause of their problems.
And it's been my experience, that those consumed by envy are even more unhappy when they see others who are happy. I think that's one of the reasons many on the left hate Christians and Jews so much, although they are probably unaware of it.

As for me, I'm thankful for what God has given me. Particularly those things that are priceless, such as wisdom, truth, peace if mind, joy, and a desire to know Him better. As well as the timeless virtues. I have but to ask and He is always more than generous. :)

mushroom said...

Envy and jealousy can be subtle but destructive. I think you are right that envy is at the base of much of the left's animosity.