We must reject the notion that we are caught in an irresistible whirlwind of events orchestrated by God.There is no doubt that there is a potential for a global storm that is not confined to America. God is not its author. However, He does expect believers to engage it for His glory. Jesus upbraided His disciples for believing they were helpless victims of the storm they were in.
Something bigger than the upcoming election is happening right now. The revolutionary mood is a global phenomenon. The driving force is the “spirit of lawlessness”. This propelling spirit will remain in play no matter who is elected as President. From the perspective of this spiritual world ruler the strategic objective would be to destabilize America by overthrowing long-standing institutions. A chaotic America will change the world’s stability.
Troubles of biblical proportions are certainly possible consequences. There is an obvious growing polarization and the willingness to engage in violence to settle issues in America. As non-Americans our opinions are moot and we cannot engage in the political process. But as believers, we are citizens of another sovereign kingdom with a priestly mandate to exercise heaven’s authority on earth. We can engage the global menace on a different level. I believe we are being called to prayer with an intensity that we have not been accustomed to.
“Night is coming”, Jesus warned His disciples as the man born blind was made to see for the glory of God. The church cannot afford to be blind-sided by events because we cannot work the works of God in the dark. We may have limited influence on the natural course of events, as there are clearly seasons and times that are not under our direct control. But we do have spiritual influence in every season. As believers we need to see circumstances with different eyes.
Praise the Lord, all you servants of the Lord
who minister by night in the house of the Lord.
We have to be ready to work the night shift. The work place is the House of the Lord. While it is dark outside, it is perpetually light in the house of the Lord as portrayed by the Old Testament house of the Lord. The light depended on a continual supply of fresh olive oil. We understand the oil to represent the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of wisdom and knowledge. Our first obligation as servant priests is to be in the house of the Lord, awake, and with a fresh supply of the oil of the Holy Spirit. Jesus warned of the bridegroom coming at the midnight hour, finding all the bridal attendants asleep, and half without oil. They were not criticized for sleeping, but the shortage of oil left the irresponsible five in the dark. So let’s wake up, trim our lamps, replenish our Holy Spirit oil supply and get to the sanctuary.
Lift up your hands in the sanctuary
and praise the Lord.
Every citizen can vote, but only the Church can intercede. The season we are entering will incite the church, as priests serving the nations, to a much deeper level of intercession which carries with it eternal benefits. We alone have access to the spiritual “upper room”, the courtroom of heaven, a place in Him. We must learn to exercise the influence we have there. We approach the “throne of grace” where Christ the Great High Priest is seated. Grace is what flows from heaven to earth to give help in time of need. Lifting our hands signifies both blessing and to making an appeal for help. We can have confidence in a positive outcome. Our petitions must be presented with thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is the evidence of faith.
May the Lord bless you from Zion,
he who is the Maker of heaven and earth.
God is the Maker of heaven and earth. God has not retreated to heaven and abandoned earth to human and devilish devices. The earth is still “the Lord’s and the fullness thereof” and “all the people in it”. He still so loves the world and His Church. Our goal is to see people delivered from the power of darkness, be joined to Christ and set purposefully into the Body of Christ. Blessing on earth comes from Zion. Zion is the people of God, the Church. This is not the time to abandon church by following the same spirit of disillusionment and revolt that is gripping the world. Rather the Church needs the revitalization that comes from a fresh authentic engagement with Jesus through His Spirit that He has sent.
Lord, send revival. Begin in me. Lord, add to the Church such as should be saved!