A challenging few weeks on the South African political scene has left many of us worried, concerned about the future of our country. In my prayer time God reminded me of Joel Chapter 2. (Read for yourself) Basically the chapter is divided into four sections:
1. The army that would invade Jerusalem would bring great turmoil. I feel that this is where we are finding ourselves at the present time. Corrupt politicians, etc.
2. God's heart of grace: “Even now,” declares the Lord,“return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning.”13 Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity." Note especially the last line"he relents from sending calamity". God listens to our prayers. He hears the cries of His people. Instead of talking negative all of the time lets talk to Him who is bigger than any of the challenges that we are facing. Lets get perspective from Him by talking to Him.
3. God's answer to the prayers of His people: "Then the Lord was jealous for his land and took pity on his people....“I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten—the great locust and the young locust, the other locusts and the locust swarm—my great army that I sent among you. You will have plenty to eat, until you are full, and you will praise the name of the Lord your God, who has worked wonders for you." Note God's promise of restoration
4. What that restoration will look like. In the passage God promises to pour out His Spirit on old and young. The net result is that older men (and women) will dream dreams again - not look back on what was, but on what will be. Young men (and women) will see visions. Young men and women will receive special revelation from God and be seen in their respective communities as outstanding men and women of God.
I believe this is a passage for you as you struggle through the emotions of helplessness and frustration at what seems to be so obviously wrong.
Will you pray with me:
- For our nation
- That our church will be a haven a safe place as we navigate not just the political challenges that all of us face.
- For dreams and vision so that we can be a people of purpose in the middle of this. (In times of challenge we should pray scripture)
Why not join us and go and pray with us in Bloemfontein? I know that this is out of the comfort zone for many of us but lets be true to the passage in Joel 2. Lets humble ourselves before the Lord and ask Him to restore the fortunes of our land.
This week-end is Easter. Your neighbours, friends and colleagues have the same concerns that you have. They need to hear the voice of God to bring perspective. Why not bring them to our services and pray in advance that God will enter into their reality. That He will save them and give them the same hope promised in this passage.