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The Drought of God . . . . . . . . . . . . . 08/29/16
During a very severe Texas drought a local pastor paid a visit to a gruff old rancher and urged him to attend the church that night as the congregation would be praying for rain. The rancher did not attend the service that night, but it did rain the next day and the day after. On the following day during the continuing gentle soaking, the rancher paid the pastor a visit, carrying his horse whip. After exchanging a few pleasantries, the farmer advised the pastor, "If you ever let things get that bad again Iím going to take this horse whip and beat you senseless."
It really has gotten bad in America. But we cannot blame it on the pastors. The churches are fully responsible. For the last thirty years we have hitched our fortunes to evangelical and political shooting stars in hopes of restoring Godís kingdom on earth. And even when the two have been one, there has been no prosperity for us. We have failed to recognize that God gave up gave up on governments of mankind long ago.
In the eighth Chapter of 1 Samuel we learn that Samuel made his two sons, Joel and Abiah judges in Israel. But they did not follow God as Samuel had and were corrupt and perverted judgement. The elders of Israel petitioned God through Samuel to take away the judges of Israel and give them a king to rule over them and lead them just like the nations around them. This did not please Samuel but he prayed to the Lord as requested. The Lord told Samuel to give the people what they had asked for as they had not rejected him, Samuel, but had rejected the Lord as their King. He went further, telling Samuel that since He brought the children of Israel out of Egypt they had been continually forsaking Him and serving other godsĖ he would grant their request. But in granting their request, God provided Samuel a listing of all the bad things that would happen as a result of having a king, and Samuel provided the listing to the people. But the people still wanted a king. Starting in 1 Samuel chapter 9 and continuing through the Old Testament, we see the result of mankindís rule over other men. Even in the best of times, it was not Godís best for us. And God knew that He had a better way to govern.
We donít understand it until the time of Jesus. He came to live and die and be born again and live inside of us, where He/God reigns today and forever as long as we are good hosts. Politicians cannot restore the Kingdom of God on earth as it was never here, apart from residing in us. This yearís presidential election will solve nothing. No matter who wins, the world will remain in chaos unless we do something. God requires something from His people,
If my people, which are called by my name, shall
humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked
ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will
heal their land.
It is so simple we often ignore it. He wants us. Our needs, our petitions for help, our praise. And prayer and praise need not be orchestrated by any man or woman as leader or spokesperson. God wants no intermediary. He wants you. It need not be around a flagpole before children and teens enter school, or on the football field after a touchdown. God does not desire ceremony. He wants your attention to your life and your telling Him about it. Just you and Him, where there is no one to receive praise and thanks but Him.
You can do this. And as we, our nation do, we will be healed and God will bless us.
1 Samuel 8:12-18 (KJV) 12 And he will appoint him captains over thousands, and captains over fifties; and will set them to ear his ground, and to reap his harvest, and to make his instruments of war, and instruments of his chariots. 13 And he will take your daughters to be confectionaries, and to be cooks, and to be bakers. 14 And he will take your fields, and your vineyards, and your oliveyards, even the best of them, and give them to his servants. 15 And he will take the tenth of your seed, and of your vineyards, and give to his officers, and to his servants. 16 And he will take your menservants, and your maidservants, and your goodliest young men, and your asses, and put them to his work. 17 He will take the tenth of your sheep: and ye shall be his servants. 18 And ye shall cry out in that day because of your king which ye shall have chosen you; and the LORD will not hear you in that day.
Ephesians 4:17-32 (KJV)