What is God saying in this time?
That is the most important question right now.
It is hard to believe any of the news being reported. It all seems fake and surreal. We are living under an administration that was neither chosen by the people nor chosen by God. They are proud of the fact that they oppose the ways of God at every turn.
Just like the king of Assyria in Isaiah 37, God is asking them this question, “Whom have you been defying and ridiculing? Against whom did you raise your voice? At whom did you look with such haughty eyes? It was the Holy One of Israel! (NLT)”
Not only are they raging against conservatives, Trump supporters, Christians, and those who believe in our constitution; they are raging against THE HOLY ONE OF ISRAEL! Surely He will defend His holy name.
All that matters right now is God’s perspective. What is He seeing? What is He saying? What is He doing?
It may seem that our role is difficult to define. What should each one of us be doing right now? Praying in our secret place? Preaching the Kingdom in the streets? Calling and writing our representatives in all levels of government?
God gave me an answer that will guide me through my life, through the highs and the lows, through abundant blessing and crushing defeats, through ruling over my inheritance and living under a hostile regime.
“Stand with me. Be with me wherever I am. Go with me wherever I go. Do whatever you see me doing.”
I imagine myself being found in Christ. My small frame is decked out with the full armor of Christ, yet I am hidden and overshadowed by His mighty form. He has trained my hands for war and makes me mightily in battle. Still, He is infinitely larger and more powerful than I. I can hide in him, yet stand with Him. If people fight against Him and revile Him, they will do the same to me. If people are open to Him, they will be open to me. If I suffer with Him, I can also share in His glory.
In my small life with my small sphere of influence, I ask the Holy Spirit to show me what He is doing in each relationship and in each circumstance, and I try to do the same.
How can I make a difference in my nation? I stand my ground, stay in my rank, and listen to His voice. I will pray what He prays, speak what He speaks, and believe that He can use my little part to do the impossible.
I was praying with some family and friends days before the inauguration. God led me to a scripture in Isaiah 49.
14But Zion said, “The LORD has forsaken me;
the Lord has forgotten me!”
15“Can a woman forget her nursing child,
or lack compassion for the son of her womb?
Even if she could forget,
I will not forget you!
16Behold, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands;
your walls are ever before Me.
17Your builders hasten back;
your destroyers and wreckers depart from you. (BSB)
I heard Jesus saying to the United States of America, “I HAVE NOT FORGOTTEN YOU!”
How encouraging and comforting that Jesus cares about our country!
He has not forgotten His covenant with the USA. He has not forgotten a single word He has spoken over our nation. He will fulfill every one of His promises and purposes for this nation. He has heard the prayers of His people.
Then Jesus became more intense as I heard Him whisper, “I have NOT forgotten you!” I saw him whispering in the ears of those hidden in darkness with no hope.
His precious babies in the womb.
His dear ones trapped in sex trafficking and pedophilia.
His future generations yet unborn.
“I have NOT forgotten you!”
The Lion of the Tribe of Judah is whispering and ROARING!
“I have not forgotten you!”
The God of the Angel Armies is tenderly speaking!
“I have not forgotten you!”
The Captain of the Hosts is courageously announcing!
I felt in that moment that His rescue plan was unstoppable, His purposes were irresistible.
NOTHING CAN HOLD BACK WHAT HE IS ABOUT TO DO!
How can I stand with Him while I wait patiently for Him to act? Two scriptures gave me an answer.
2 Chronicles 20
God caused a multitude of the enemies of Jehoshaphat to turn on each other and wipe each other out. Not only did God save his people, but He Gave them more spoils that they could carry away. What happened right before the victory? His people gathered as the prophet had instructed them to do and sang,
“Give thanks to the Lord, for his love endures forever.”
2 Chronicles 5:6-14
11Then the priests left the Holy Place. All the priests who were present had purified themselves, whether or not they were on duty that day. 12And the Levites who were musicians—Asaph, Heman, Jeduthun, and all their sons and brothers—were dressed in fine linen robes and stood at the east side of the altar playing cymbals, lyres, and harps. They were joined by 120 priests who were playing trumpets. 13The trumpeters and singers performed together in unison to praise and give thanks to the LORD. Accompanied by trumpets, cymbals, and other instruments, they raised their voices and praised the LORD with these words:
“He is good! His faithful love endures forever!”
At that moment a thick cloud filled the Temple of the LORD. 14The priests could not continue their service because of the cloud, for the glorious presence of the LORD filled the Temple of God.
And what happened before the glory of the LORD filled the temple? The priests had purified themselves and then they sang,
“He is good! His faithfulness endures forever!”
As we wait for His victory, we can trust Him. As we long for His glory to fall, we can believe His prophets. As we wait for the light to shine into the dark places, we can draw near to Him. As we pray for His dear ones to be saved, this is what we can do: