This morning as I started my day, the LORD spoke to me re-emphasizing
something that He has been saying virtually all of this year… He is trying
to get our attention on so very many levels. He is trying to get the
attention of an unbelieving world and even the attention of His saints to
say pay attention.
Many have called the events that have occurred in
our atmosphere “unprecedented”… floods, tornados, storms, fires, and now
this unrelenting heat and draught. And even this week’s economic storm
that is raging in the world’s financial markets has many running to grab
the nearest life preserver.
This morning the LORD showed me that He is
definitely trying to get our attention just like He tried to get the
attention of Israel as He brought calamity upon them as they were about to
be carried off into captivity. He showed me that today also just as it
was when He brought judgment on Israel, these things are an expression of
His mercy and compassion. Jeremiah stated it well in a timeless message
in Lamentations 3:22 when he said “It is of the LORD's mercies that we
are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.” For all that
Israel had done to be rebellious and unfaithful to God (the same as you
and I today), they should have been consumed. But the calamity that He
brought (is bringing today) is an outpouring of His mercy and compassion
for his people. He is truly on a rescue mission. For Him (as it should
be for us), nothing is more important today.
In these times of natural calamity and hardship my
brothers and sisters, recognize that the LORD’s hand is at work through
all of these things that are happening around us and lift up your eyes to
the hills recognizing where your help truly comes from.
Then this afternoon, He reminded me of something
from my own testimony -- the excitement and eagerness that I had four
years ago just after my first brain surgery and awakening. It was a time
when I just couldn’t wait to go and tell someone (anyone) about what the
LORD had done and was doing. A time when whenever I went out anywhere, I
couldn’t help but tell people (anyone who would listen) about God and how
much He loves and wants to save them. There was a time when I thought
that was going to be the norm of my life, taking advantage of every
opportunity to tell people about this very important message. Since those
days, my approach has somewhat mellowed but this afternoon the LORD
prompted me to remember those days because these are important days for
all of us.
When we all look around at what is going on around
us, as children of God we should recognize His mighty hand at work. It
should be plain to us. And this plain thing should be the main thing
about which we are living every day.
words were a burden from the LORD. More to follow.
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