You heard the saying, “be careful what you ask for, because you just might get it”?
Our nation has just celebrated Independence Day. But I can’t help but to think in all of our independence we have actually lost our freedom. No, I take that back… I mean, we have handed our freedom over. In all of the looking for a quick fix for the immediate, have we lost our vision for the future?
We wanted change, and we sure did get it, didn’t we?
The beauty of free will is we have a right to choose. The beauty of wisdom is, in our right to choose, we will choose wisely.
The king is on the podium saying ‘peace, peace,’ and there is no peace. Have we been so lulled into a slumber, have our senses become so dull, that we now call good evil and evil good?
When Samuel was old, he made his sons judges over Israel. Now the name of his firstborn was Joel and the name of his second, Abijah. They were judges in Beersheba. His sons did not walk in his ways, but turned aside after gain, took bribes, and perverted justice. All the elders of Israel assembled and came to Samuel at Ramah
And said to him, Behold, you are old, and your sons do not walk in your ways; now appoint us a king to rule over us like all the other nations. But it displeased Samuel when they said, Give us a king to govern us. And Samuel prayed to the Lord.
And the Lord said to Samuel, Hearken to the voice of the people in all they say to you; for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me, that I should not be King over them. According to all the works which they have done since I brought them up out of Egypt even to this day, forsaking Me and serving other gods, so they also do to you. So listen now to their voice; only solemnly warn them and show them the ways of the king who shall reign over them.
So Samuel told all the words of the Lord to the people who asked of him a king.
And he said, These will be the ways of the king who shall reign over you: he will take your sons and appoint them to his chariots and to be his horsemen and to run before his chariots.He will appoint them for himself to be commanders over thousands and over fifties, and some to plow his ground and to reap his harvest and to make his implements of war and equipment for his chariots.He will take your daughters to be perfumers, cooks, and bakers. He will take your fields, your vineyards, and your olive orchards, even the best of them, and give them to his servants. He will take a tenth of your grain and of your vineyards and give it to his officers and to his servants. He will take your men and women servants and the best of your cattle and your donkeys and put them to his work. He will take a tenth of your flocks, and you yourselves shall be his slaves. In that day you will cry out because of your king you have chosen for yourselves, but the Lord will not hear you then.
Nevertheless, the people refused to listen to the voice of Samuel, and they said, No! We will have a king over us, That we also may be like all the nations, and that our king may govern us and go out before us and fight our battles. Samuel heard all the people’s words and repeated them in the Lord’s ears.
And the Lord said to Samuel, Hearken to their voice and appoint them a king.
1 Samuel 8
We got what we asked for. How is it working out for us?
But, there is good news, 2 Chronicles 7:14 God say’s,”If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”
We are to occupy our territory, we are called to be a light in this dark world, seasoned with salt, we are to walk in love and discernment, without compromise to our faith in Christ. We should be impacting the world around us for Christ, not blending in. We will have troubles, no doubt. There will be persecution. But He said, Fear not! He is with us.
Seek God with all your heart. Purge yourself of everything not of Him. Humble yourself and seek Him.
Oh, God, revive us. I call forth the fathers and I say, rise! Take your place. Cover your family, teach your children, let them see your faithfulness to the Lord. I call men to become spiritual fathers to the orphans, mentor them, teach them, love them, be the face of Christ to them. Husbands, love your wives, lead them in gentleness, kindness, patience, and faithfulness. Mothers, teach your children to honor God, respect their fathers, and to be kind and hospitable. Adorn yourself in a gentle and quiet spirit, which is most precious, beautiful, and powerful. Make way for all the prodigals to come home, to be healed and filled, so they may take their place.
Oh, God, revive us. I call forth the Church, the living Body of Christ, to lock arms, and hearts, and stand in unity, in truth, and love. Turn away from the wide highway and choose the narrow path. Do not seek to have your ears tickled, your back patted, and comfort for your complacency and sin. Repent! Embrace truth. Be a true disciple of Christ and make more disciples.
The Lord always has His remnant. When the enemy comes in like a flood, He raises His standard. Arise people of God.
For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance shall arise for the Jews from elsewhere, but you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows but that you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this and for this very occasion? Esther 4:14
This is a call to repentance. Get ready. Time is drawing short. Jesus will return, and when He does, He is not coming back as a baby in a manger. All heaven and earth will shake when He places His foot down again. To those of us who are hidden in Him, we have no fear. But if you are not in Him, you can run to the caves and beg the rocks to crush you, but there will be no escape. Seek Him now while He can be found.
True love is this, that He desires no man shall perish but have eternal life (John 3:16). But love never forces Himself on you, you have a free will. Choose life. Choose Jesus.