Ever wonder about all the calamities in this nation? So many hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, wildfires, and earthquakes. What about government gridlock, Wall Street corruption, ongoing recession, lines of unemployment?
Remember those commercials with the goofy guy and the cell phone: “Can you hear me now?” Have you ever wondered if God asks that question? Could it be that God is making an effort to get our attention?
Focus on these issues:
- The character of God is loving. Does God allow these things to happen? Why?
- Could it be that God, driven by love, is allowing all of this calamity to get our attention as a nation? Someone once said, “Calamity clarifies.”
- We print “in God we trust” on our money. Yet, it’s easy to put our trust in what money can buy. Those who lived through the collapse of Wall Street in October 2008 may never whole-heartedly trust in the financial system again. This sets the stage for what is happening, spiritually, in our nation.
- There are many who are concerned about the future. God’s got our attention – even those who don’t know or believe it’s God!
- Read 1 and 2 Kings, followed by 1 and 2 Chronicles in the Old Testament. Kings and Chronicles are the same history lesson from different perspectives. You could call it the “roller coaster ride of Israel.” The people are faithful to God, and God blesses a nation. Then they take God for granted. Soon they slip into idol worship and forget about God. Calamity begins. It gets worse. People lose hope – in themselves. In desperation, they turn to God. Life gets better – the country is blessed. In the life of Israel, this happens over and over again. Are we there?
- This is a great time for Christians to share their source of hope: God. It is time for your church to regain a mission perspective.
- The first order of business for your church is spiritual renewal. You can’t share what you don’t have. Jesus said, “The Kingdom of God is at hand.” That means: “God is about to move.” We are in that time, in this nation, right now.
- So, what do you do? Jesus said, “Repent and believe.” To “repent” means to change your mind in a way that changes your behavior about what you do in the church. Put it up against the New Testament Church. What directions should change? (For most churches, there are at least 26.) Then, believe. Make a plan and develop an accountability mechanism, and act.
On a scale of 1 – 10 (1 = yawning; 10 = on fire), how excited are you about what you just read? If you are in the 7-10 range, you have a divine assignment: help your church get ready for what God is going to do next.
How do you know you’re hearing from God? We welcome your comments below.
Kent Hunter, founder of Church Doctor Ministries, is known as the Church Doctor. His most recent e-books are The Future Is Now and The J-Dog Journey, available at no cost. Contact him at (800) 626-8515, by email, Twitter, Facebook, or visit www.churchdoctor.org.