“He changes times and seasons…”

It has been a while since I have wrote to you. My heart has been burdened as I witness my countrymen in torment. It causes me to think of Abraham when he petitioned God to save Sodom, the very city that his nephew and family lived when God was about to bring judgment on the city.

It is my desire that my country, and it’s people, be saved from the evil that causes it to be destroyed. I must admit that at times I feel defeated myself. So much has taken place this year, and there is not too much that could have prepared us for it. I do, though, thank God for his grace during this time. He has really blessed us in our times of need. It is a testimony that He is faithful and true.

The main reason that I have not written to you is that God had not given me permission to do so. I suppose that there is a time for everything. It is my initial response to share all that God reveals to me, but not every moment is the right one. So, I am here, sitting in anguish, broken-hearted over what I witness and yet I dont have the power to do anything about it. But today is different.

Last week, I began to read through the book of Daniel. He was in a difficult situation. His country had been besieged by one of the most ruthless kings of all time, and most of them were taken captives into Babylon. At one point, he was about to be killed by decree of the king along with many others. It was all because of a dream that Nebuchadnezzar had one night that troubled him.

Daniel 2:14 (NIV) tells us:

When Arioch, the commander of the king’s guard, had gone out to put to death the wise men of Babylon, Daniel spoke to him with wisdom and tact. He asked the king’s officer, “Why did the king issue such a harsh decree?” Arioch then explained the matter to Daniel. At this, Daniel went in to the king and asked for time, so that he might interpret the dream for him. Then Daniel returned to his house and explained the matter to his friends Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah. He earned them to plead for mercy from the God of heaven concerning this mystery, so that he and his friends might not be executed with the rest of the wise men. During th night the mystery was revealed to Danielin a vision. Then Daniel praised the God of heaven…”

It is revealed in the next chapter that Daniel’s vision was completely accurate, and they were all saved, including the other men who were considered to be wise by the king.

There are two words that really stood out for me, and they were “wisdom” and “tact”. Without Daniel using these two things, he would have never gotten the chance to save himself and his friends.

Daniel didn’t protest; he took the matter directly to his close friends and, togethor, they petitioned God. There were only four of them, and their prayers and praises resulted in many being saved from death.

Friends, may I urge you. Instead of protesting man, petition God. It is the God of heaven that holds the power.

I leave you with this passage, Daniel 2:20-23 (NIV):

“Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever; wisdom and power are his. He changes times and seasons; he sets up kings and deposes them. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning. He reveals deep and hidden things; he knows what lies in the darkness and light dwells with him. I thank and praise you, O God of my fathers. You have given me wisdom and power, you have made known to us the dream of the king.

Let us seek God for wisdom, knowledge and the power to fulfill whatever God has commanded us to do for it is God that knows the times and the seasons. He knows the future and what is best for us to do.

Go forth and be blessed, my friend.

It’s a war out there

Sitting here this morning, I must admit that I feel a bit numb. It’s that feeling when you know in this physical world, you ought to be freaking out, but you’re not.

I’m completely aware of my surroundings. I understand that this could last for months before we ever gain some sense of normalcy again. I’ve had dreams of sewing masks and preparing for what I would be faced with when stepping outside my home.

I am faced with endless prayer requests on social media, and I do my best to provide for every need that crosses my path.

I seek to find something to busy myself by making masks, but many argue that my making masks would harm others. When wearing my own mask, people give me looks and presume that I am sick as if I were a leper. None of them showed any sort of compassion as to why I might be wearing that mask. Could it be that I have children who have had health problems, and I want to protect them? Could it be that I am concerned about my own health and the exposure to this thing we are warring against? Could it be that I should make my own choices as to how protected I want to be?

It’s a war out there. A war is being waged against our peace and against our joy. What ever happened to common sense? When did people ever believe that starting a fight would help them achieve the result they were looking for? When did rebellion ever get someone a good result?

People say that the battle belongs to the Lord. If this is so, then why do people keeps taking matters into their own hands? I saw deception over the land way before this war began. People have lost their common sense; it’s becoming a rarity. Good has become evil, and evil has become good.

People, go back to the place where you found your first love. Ask God where the right path is and get on it. Consider any mistakes and make it right with God. Ask for wisdom. Examine all things, even your heart. Make it all right with God; repent. Consider the life of Jesus and the apostles. Who ever stood against evil for their rights? Get back to God through prayer, through fasting, and being on your knees. Be desperate for the presence of the Lord. You may not find Him in that Sunday morning building, but you will find Him in your prayer closet. God will be there when you call for him. Seek the Lord surrendering everything you have and all that you are. Yield to his direction, and you will find peace and direction. You will experience love, if your heart is ready to receive it.

Go forth and be blessed my friend.