Snapshots: Day 140
The Snapshot: “Then the Lord raised up judges, who saved them.” (Jud 2:16) [yes, same verse] How easy it is to miss key points. When Israel cried to the Lord, He didn’t wave a magic wand over the situation to make it right, He raised up a man (or woman in one case) who He poured His Spirit on so they would rise up and act into the situation to deal with their invading enemies, pull the nation together again and set them on a new course with Him. But God used people! Today, we cry, “Lord, change this world!” and I believe He replies as He had done with Moses, “I have come down to rescue them … So now, go. I am sending you.” (Ex 3:8,10) You and I (with the Holy Spirit) are God’s ‘executive arm’ to change this world. Are we up to it? Do we see it? The world is waiting. Check out Rom 8:19
Further Consideration: There are two thoughts that flow on from these starter ones above. The first is the need to recognise the plight of the world and refuse to accept it as the way things have to be. So often we look at what is going on around us and we dress it up to imply that it is not as bad as the ‘Jeremiahs’ of the church would make out. I recently read the State of the Union Address of a President of the USA and thought what a clever speechwriter he had. Through a variety of clever gimmicks of oratory he did an amazing job of glossing over the low points of modern Western society – and we are grateful because we don’t want to be reminded of these things because they either depress us or they make us feel guilty that we are tolerating mass murders, the staggering numbers that are murdered every year, the number of children in the womb being terminated (murdered), the numbers of family breakups, the phenomenal number of drugs taken, the spirally numbers of those suffering from mental disorders. No, these things we try to ignore.
The second thing is the Lord’s desire to change all this. It wasn’t how He designed the world to be, it’s not what He wants – except in so far as these things are the fruit of self-centred godlessness, signs to us of the folly of this way of living.
The Lord sent Judges to save Israel when they cried out to Him, and He sends us out to look for lost sheep who are looking for a shepherd, The Shepherd. And while we are doing that, we are also to be salt and light (Mt 5:13-16) and we do that by example and by word. Who will take the time to make themselves aware of the plight of twenty-first century man and woman, who will make themselves available to be instruments in the hands of the Lord to bring change to this life, who will educate themselves to be able to speak up wisely, graciously, gently and with humility with the truth to awaken the slumbering giant of Western civilization before it self-implodes?