Tragedy abounds. Tragedy surrounds. Criticism raises its voice. Demands for answers. Speaks before full knowledge of truth. Speaks from anger. Speaks from frustration. Speaks profound insight. Speaks intelligently and with good intentions.
Yet, until it's first-hand...
Even those on the front-line of situations and circumstances; there's a difference between being a first-hand witness and being a first-hand player.
It's the difference between saying "I was there" versus "I was involved."
We look at lives events, some with explanation within reason; others without explanation with no regard and offer our statements of "if it were me" and "if it were up to me" and yet we look at this world and neglect the most basic, spiritual truth.
God has a plan, purpose and destiny for every life. Born and unborn. Of every color on the spectrum of skin tone. Of creed and faith; of principle and experience; of status and prominence; of wealth or ruin and any and all deficiency of the aforementioned.
When offered the challenge to put ourselves in the experience of another that we might gain, true 1st-hand revelation, we usually aren't so inclined. I can't, wouldn't or won't put myself in your shoes.
Sadly, we do the same when confronted with the life-changing power of Jesus Christ. That faith in God and prayer and church is fine for you; but I don't see it working for me. And here's the laundry list of why I'm beyond God's help and my standing by rejecting said help.
And yet, the entire work of missions and the advancement of the Gospel of Christ has been in the sharing of one's first-hand experience. And the invitation extended to the one next to us. Don't just witness the power and presence of God at work in humanity. Be one involved in the power and presence of God; and the work He has in store for humanity... that has seemingly gone out of it's way to not so much tell God we don't need His hand upon our nation, but has done as much removed His hand from us for Him. We haven't told God to back off. We've told Him, to in fact, back off.
Whatever the tragedy being discussed today and whatever one lurks around the next news cycle, one can't help but wonder what would happen if nations today, did as read in Scripture... leaders leading it's citizens in repentance and crying out to God.
Forgive us. And as we turn from our wickedness, would you heal our land?
On this #missionsFriday, pray for those working in all nations, as tragedy runs abroad. Time is short and days are evil and nations and its' citizenry are crying out for life to look and to be different. Pray leaders and leadership would come to a place of revelation and understanding that life has purpose and meaning; that all of life matters and it starts with the person of Jesus Christ. Pray for the church to not just be witness to the presence and power of God, but to be involved in greater dimension in sharing the love and forgiveness available to all of humanity because of Jesus' sacrifice on the cross. Wrongly accused, wrongly beaten, wrongly crucified; but for the Sovereign hand of God, a way was made that whosoever may come into right relationship. May the truth of God and His Word go forth, as never before... and as promised, not return void.
Pray; society would turn from its ways; seemingly right in their own eyes
And seek the face of God. May He heal this land.
We are in desperate need of His working the miraculous in our midst.
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