What Needs to Happen

I don’t care for sappy spiritual talk. I’m not one of those “Praise Jebus” types, (that would be those who “talk Jesus” but don’t really know him.) I am sharing my weak and struggling heart on this. I don’t always readily turn to prayer. I pray and I trust as best I can, but I rarely feel that God heard me and that he is on my side. I wish I felt different. I believe He is good, just, holy, and righteous. If there is a shortcoming in the relationship, I have no doubt that it is mine.

That the country and the world are in a bit of a mess economically is clear. The solution does not lie in the ideology of the Republicans and Democrats. The solution is with God. We have to listen to God and what he says about His judgments. We are studying Hosea in our Sunday morning Bible class. Our country is nowhere close to as wicked as Israel was when Hosea prophesied. But we have repeated many of their mistakes in our relationship with God.

So what needs to happen? We who have knowledge of God need to attack the ignorance of our people about God and his character. In Hosea’s time, the spiritual leaders of the people were involved in all forms of wickedness and did not help the people come to know God. He said, “my people are destroyed from lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also reject you as my priests; because you have ignored the law of your God, I also will ignore your children” (Hosea 4:6).

When God’s people were in trouble, they called for help from neighboring nations like Egypt and Assyria instead of from God. But He said, “—he is not able to cure you, not able to heal your sores” “Then I will go back to my place until they admit their guilt. And they will seek my face; in their misery they will earnestly seek me” (Hosea 5:13 & 15). So we need to ask God for help; not Congress, not our politicians and not Hollywood or horoscopes. It is God who heals and provides.

He needs to hear from our hearts. We need to teach our children to cry out to Him as well. Crying out in misery or fear is not the same as crying out from our hearts. God said, “They do not cry out to me from their hearts but wail upon their beds” (Hosea 7:14). The children of Israel were crying out, but it was about their misery, it wasn’t about God.

I’m not overly spiritual. But I know this, our problems extend far beyond the politics of the country. We need to increase our knowledge of God. We need to look for help only from God and he needs to hear our longing and dependence on Him and not simply for relief in tough times. I am a positive person. I don’t think we are headed for disaster or we are nearing the end. There are plenty of prophets of doom. (Those clowns should join a circus and earn an honest living.) I’m simply saying we need to listen to God about this and seek him with our hearts. It’s going to be all right. He has everything under control.

telemicus out

1 Responses to What Needs to Happen

  1. mark says:

    I agree with you. The problem is stripping away the illusion that the solution is somewhere in government policy and/or a little more financial responsibility. We have to quit looking at Washington and start, as you said, looking toward heaven. But, I think that things must get worse before that can happen. And, if it does result in repentance and a crying out to God, then it will ultimately be a good thing. Good Post, Bro.

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