Habakkuk 3:1-2 (NLT2) 1 This prayer was sung by the prophet Habakkuk: 2 I have heard all about you, LORD. I am filled with awe by your amazing works. In this time of our deep need, help us [revive thy work KJV] again as you did in years gone by. And in your anger, remember your mercy.
What are you making of all that is happening in our land and in our world today? In recent days, we’ve seen earthquakes take about 50,000 lives in Turkey and Syria. There have also been earthquakes in a number of other places taking many lives. Meanwhile the attack on the Ukraine by Russian forces has caused scores of deaths and thousands of injuries on both sides and unimaginable destruction of property. Here in the U.S. we’re seeing floods, wildfires, and various other disasters reeking havoc, saying nothing of droughts in some areas causing water shortages. Add to this the ongoing effects left by COVID plus the flu epidemic. We could call to mind rising inflation; shortages of many products; all the political intrigues and maneuvering going on; crime, violence and bloodshed on our city streets; and the list seems endless and totally depressing. Forgive me, I didn’t mean to be so gloomy, but sadly these things and more are happening on a daily basis. But hang on, for the child of God there is good news on the horizon!
In light of what is happening in our world today, this might be a good time for us to go back to Luke 21:8-28 and read what Jesus had to say about things that would be happening just prior to His return. Isn’t it amazing? These “signs” look just like things straight off this morning news broadcast!
Jesus describes these things as “birth pangs” that must precede the big event. I especially like what He said in Luke 21:9 (NJKV), “But when you hear of wars and commotions, do not be terrified; for these things must come to pass first, . . . .” As He always does, Jesus encourages His children not to be afraid. We who are children of God have no reason to live in fear. God has everything mapped out, He has everything under control, and He will insure everything turns out the way He intended! So hang in there and don’t be fearful. Then in Luke 21:28 Jesus says, “Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.”
In light of what is currently happening in our world, the words from Christ about what is to come just prior to His return, should be a clarion call ringing in our ears sounding out the message that Jesus is coming again, SOON! This should be a warning to us as Christians to be sure our spiritual house is in order. This should also be our message to a lost and dying world of their need for a Savior before it is eternally too late.
What our land needs is an old fashion, heaven sent, Holy Ghost revival! I’m praying for God to once again pour out His Spirit of revival on America. Our nation is in dire need of a touch from Him. Only a touch from God can change the direction in which our nation is going, a direction that seems to be on a downward spiral leading to destruction. I pray it’s not too late.
Many have spoken about the “revival” going on at Asbury University. There has been speculation both pro and con as to its reality and questions about whether or not it is genuine. I will not speculate or be the judge – that’s God’s responsibility not mine. I will say this, I hope it’s real and that it grows and that revival spreads all across our land and just amazes everyone by the number of lives impacted by the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The results are all in God’s hands. May He receive glory in and through it all!
Please continue praying for revival and spiritual awakening in our land. We all need it. Jesus is coming soon! Let’s help others get ready to meet Him.
God’s love, mercy and grace be yours each and every day is my prayer for you!
Working Together in His Service,
Roy Pr. 3:5-6