March 25, 2009
I'm so encouraged about what God is doing right now in His children. Isaiah 60:1 seems to be the running Scripture for this season. I was reading a word on the Elijah list recently from R. Loren Sandford that really brought some encouragement to me. I want to share it with you.
Arise and Shine
Most prophetic voices I have been hearing seem to be pronouncing much doom and gloom for the days to come. I have been among those who believe that these words are neither helpful nor entirely accurate. God is certainly not finished with America, nor has He ended its role in facilitating the spread of the Gospel in the world. We have entered a time of discipline and correction. While severe, it is indeed discipline and not yet destruction. I see hope on the horizon.
We're not going to collapse, although it may feel that way as we read the daily news. Time will tell who is right. But it's not a contest to see who is right and who is wrong. It's about hope and what that means to Believers. It's about what we're called to do and what we're called to be in times such as these. These things are spelled out for us in the Scriptures and do not change with the times or the circumstances. The prophetic word during this current period of history should bring hope and purpose to God's people to strengthen them for the days ahead.
We Believers should walk in unprecedented favor even as the world experiences a time of darkness, much as Daniel rose to favor and authority under Nebuchadnezzar and as Joseph rose under Pharaoh. They walked with servant hearts to bless the unrighteous kings who ruled over them and garnered favor and position in return. Joseph even used his wisdom and his spiritual gifts to save Egypt from the ancient equivalent of a major economic depression—seven years of famine. For us, the promise of God stands unchanged and calls for our response:
Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD has risen upon you. For behold, darkness will cover the earth and deep darkness the peoples; but the LORD will rise upon you and His glory will appear upon you. Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising.—Isaiah 60:1-3
Darkness may cover the earth around us, but God's favor and light rest upon us. This can and should be a time of great ingathering of souls. It's our time to shine.
I love words like these because this is who we are. We are not swayed by this world. Remember, we are citizens of another world. Once again, we need to hear God's voice and see what He is doing. Yes, we are going through a time of sowing and reaping in our land. Sowing and reaping has always been a law in God’s Kingdom.
Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. 9 And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart (Galatians 6:7-9).
But now, He is calling us to purity and holiness and we are getting there. Wow! God is so good to us.
There is a song that I can't stop listening to by Brooke Fraser. It is called “C.S. Lewis Song.” Here are some of the words:
Mercy comes with the morning
I will sigh and with all creation groan as I wait for hope to come for me
Am I lost or just less found?
Is this a soul that stirs in me, is it breaking free, wanting to come alive?
For we, we are not long here
Our time is but a breath, so we better breathe it
And I, I was made to live, I was made to love, I was made to know You
Hope is coming for me
Hope, He's coming
He, our Father, will always be our hope. Close your eyes and feel His great compassion. Feel His passion for you and for this world. He is a God of love and hope.