Sunday, June 8, 2014

The Fall (Pun Intended) of 2008

Sing, oh heavens, for the Lord has done it! This is a wake-up call that the Lord may redeem Jacob and glorify Himself in Israel.  He will turn “wise men” backward and make their knowledge foolishness. God will make His enemies a footstool for Christ, who sits at God’s right hand until He shall judge among the nations. USA America has become a nation of fools.

But You, oh Lord (Isaiah 42:16), will bring the blind by a way they have not known. You will lead them in paths they have not known. You will make darkness light before them, and crooked paths straight. You will correct fools, and they shall be turned back. These things You will do for them – and not forsake them.

This, oh God, is my prayer for this day -- the day of Your reckoning with foolish, deluded America USA, Your “sheep nation” who has wandered so far astray, so far outside the joy and freedom of Your pasture, yet they know it not – they never knew it, and they consider it foolishness to be open-minded or soft-hearted to these messages about Your gift of atonement for our sins.

Oh God, in Jesus I pray: forgive us all: mockers, scoffers, fools – the ill, the sorrowful, the angry, the addicted, the arrogant, the self-reliant, the haughty, the proud, the unteachable, the unwilling – Lord I was all of those thing once, yet You found me on the that dangerous ledge; You came to me, reaching with Your staff and Your arm of strength, and You retrieved me. Now here I am, oh God, in Your arms, in Your embrace! Now it is in You where I abide, in You that I live and move and have my being.  Awesome, gracious, most merciful God, You and only You could have found me, retrieved me, revived me, restored me. Now may I be made strong by Your Bread of Life and Living Water to become full of hope that is confident in You – hope that neither falters nor faints as our manmade systems continue to falter and fail, falling apart like erector sets wobbling and tinkling and crashing to the ground.

This is the day of reckoning, Lord.  Here it is, probably several years before we are snatched away from all this, but, as You said in Habbukuk yesterday, “Though it tarries, wait.”  And this morning, in my little daily reader, You said it is hard to wait, but wait.

Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him.
Psalm 37:7

This photograph, Birds on a Wire, is the work of Jo Chaney.

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