If you watch me on any given day, I don’t look scared. I doubt you do either. But, I bet I can scare you. Let me tell you some of the things that rumble around in the back of my mind and make my heart skip beats every now and then.
We all know the United States is in debt over its eyeballs. No one can agree on what to do about it and politicians seem to be turning their debates into publicity opportunities and propaganda for the next election. And most of us normal people can’t wrap our minds around the astronomical numbers or how we got into this mess.
As of May 2011, the largest single holder of U.S. debt was (is) China – whom we know has nuclear weapons and is a growing military power.
The United States is involved in longterm conflicts and our military is stretched thin. Daily and sometimes more often we are informed of another pop star death (Amy Winehouse), rampant immorality at the highest levels, in Norway – dozens of children – slaughtered, merciless tsunamis (Japan) and earthquakes, a father killing 6 people at his child’s birthday party in TX, friends and family without jobs, depressing heat, wimpy Christians… are you feeling threatened?
“‘Yet even now,’ declares the Lord, ‘return to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning; and rend your hearts and not your garments.’ Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love; and he relents over disaster. Who knows whether he will not turn and relent, and leave a blessing behind him, a grain offering and a drink offering for the Lord your God?” Joel 2:12-14
Governor Rick Perry has blown the trumpet and consecrated August 6, 2011, as a day of prayer and fasting, an acknowledgement of our need for the mercy, grace and intervention of Jesus Christ – and His intercession to the Father on our behalf – as a nation.
Go the the website, The Response, because I cannot begin to express the need for and purpose of this event with the eloquence and urgency of the organizers. But, I will remind you that this call to prayer is precedented call – consider the previous calls to humble ourselves and pray.
Lest you think that God won’t answer, that we’re too far gone or that one more rent heart won’t matter, listen, “Then the Lord became jealous for his land and had pity on his people, ‘Behold, I am sending to you grain, wine and oil, and you will be satisfied;'” Joel 2:18-19a
“‘I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten, the hopper, the destroyer, and the cutter, my great army, which I sent among you. You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied, and praise the name of the Lord your God, who has dealt wondrously with you. And my people shall never again be put to shame.'” Joel 2:25-26
And, if we are obedient, He is able. “The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.” Ex. 14:14