Friday, August 27, 2010

Hope for America - Part I: Pay Attention!

"These are the... men armed for battle who came to David at Hebron to turn Saul's kingdom over to him, as the LORD had said... 
Men of Issachar, who understood the times and knew what Israel should do..."
– I Chronicles 12:23,32 (NIV)

Space Camp--the movie.  It doesn't rank among the classics of the silver screen, by any means.  But, I like the message.  A group of average American teens gets to spend the summer at a NASA facility, but all they care about is having a good time and...you know...youthful frivolity.  Except for one.  This gal has a sense of destiny, and she expects that one day she'll be "going up."

I won't give away the plot, but in a nutshell, the group of teens is headed for disaster during a flight mission when the pilot is wounded and unable to pilot the craft.  Who saves the day?  Of course--the one teen aboard who's cared enough to pay attention.



There comes a time in the history of a nation that's been adrift, when God says, "Enough is enough!"

It doesn't take much looking to see that the Church in America, by and large, has given up.  We're like passengers on an aircraft with no pilot, fully aware that we're headed into a mountainside.  The other folks on board can't see it coming, but we Christians can.  And we figure, "Hey! There's no saving this crate, so let's just pull into our little make-believe religious shell and hope the end will be quick and painless."


There IS hope for America--if God's people will understand the times and know what to do!  As in David's day, there are a number of ingredients that God will pull together to rescue our nation.  We just need to pay attention.  As in David's day, we need to watch for...

God's Timing
We must connect with God and listen to the voices He's raising up in our generation to help us understand His timing.

God's Message
We need to pray for a clear word that will rally His people, like a trumpet call, to assemble for battle.  In Lincoln's day, for example, the wake-up call was Uncle Tom's Cabin.

God's Leaders
The Church in America needs strong leaders to unite us.

God's Visionaries
That's us--the men of Issachar.  Time to poke our heads out of the shell and catch His vision!

God's Sovereign Move
Pray, pray, pray!  Battle cannot begin until the mighty wind of God stirs in the treetops.

God's Plan
Don't run off half-cocked like the Israelites who tried--and failed--to take the Promised Land after God had told them they would need to wait forty years.

God's Battle
It won't come without a fight.  Read Ephesians 6 and practice dressing for battle.  This is no game, but take courage!  We know Who wins in the end.

God is about to proclaim over America, "Enough is enough!"  And when He does, let His people be ready for the battle that follows--and the victory!  Amen.

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