It's Not Gas...It's God!

Ready or Not

We are in a season where much of the world seems to have spun out of control.

The U.S. Supreme Court has rendered a decision in direct defiance of the Word of God.

The U.S. military has begun a seven-state  “exercise” for the next two months, so secretive, it has garnered a counter-surveillance operation.

Utility companies are pushing to install so-called “smart meters” on every home that will tell them way, way more than the amount of electricity used in that household – while causing health hazards to the homeowners to boot.

In the state where I live, a group of non-residents wants to erect a statue here, depicting and exalting the very enemy of God.  And a club owner facing foreclosure had agreed to let that group host a party at his place for the unveiling – complete with VIP tickets to drink the night away while posing with the statue.

Certain websites are predicting the U.S. will suffer economic collapse in about eight weeks. A whole other faction is fully occupied, frothing at the mouth over displays of the Confederate battle flag.  Elsewhere, a group of women chained themselves to the railing of the Wisconsin State Capitol demanding the “right” to have five month-old babies torn limb from limb in the womb in the murderous act they call “late-term abortions”.  At the same time, Planned Parenthood has been exposed for selling organs from those same babies while refusing to admit that they’re human beings in the first place.

It looks entirely like something evil has been unleashed on several fronts, all at the same time.  And while many celebrate a number of these moves with hellish displays of debauchery, others wonder what God is going to do.

Because clearly, there is NO putting the lid back on this mess.

Another election isn’t the answer.  Things have gone way too far for that it seems, just as they did in Noah’s day.

Two thousand years ago, Jesus told His followers about the signs of the end of the earth age as we know it in the book of Matthew, Chapter 24.  And then He made this point about Noah's days,

“But when that day and hour will come, no one knows — not the angels in heaven, not the Son, only the Father. For the Son of Man’s coming will be just as it was in the days of (Noah). Back then, before the Flood, people went on eating and drinking, taking wives and becoming wives, right up till the day (Noah) entered the ark; and they didn’t know what was happening until the Flood came and swept them all away. It will be just like that when the Son of Man comes.” (Matthew 24:36-439 Complete Jewish Bible)

There is surely a parallel between our time and Noah's day, when Genesis 6:11 tells us "God saw the earth, and, yes, it was corrupt; for all living beings had corrupted their ways on the earth." Our world is also in need of a mighty MOVE of God.  It won't be a life-destroying flood because God promised to never do that again, putting His RAINBOW in the sky as a sign of His covenant with the earth (Genesis 6:12-17)

But something has to happen.  And according to Psalm 37, it will.

Soon the wicked will be no more;
you will look for his place, and he won’t be there.
11 But the meek will inherit the land
and delight themselves in abundant peace.
(Vs. 10 & 11)

It was with these thoughts in mind that I plunged into the throngs of people that engulf Ann Arbor, Michigan for the town’s annual summer art fair last week. It’s a behemoth of an event that sprawls for miles and miles, attracting 1000 artists, half a million art-lovers and various proselytizers urging passersby to legalize marijuana, become atheists, worship false deities and/or elect an avowed socialist as the next U.S. president.

In other words, the perfect place to take the pulse of humanity and see where we currently fit with Jesus’ description of Noah’s days.

On my first afternoon at the fair, I witnessed a person walk by in a lacy sundress – breasts so large they threatened to spill right out of the garment.  Then I noticed this big-busted creature also sported a full beard, and hairy man-legs above nondescript flip-flops.

Now, despite what some humans think, Genesis 1 verse 27 says this:

 So God created mankind in his own image,
in the image of God he created them;
male and female He created them.

God did not create a combo package of male and female body parts and attributes cobbled together in one frame.  His creation was distinct, and try as anyone might, no one will ever succeed in changing that. 

On a different day, I neared a store where I once loved to shop.  During the art fair, the owner puts a large amount of merchandise out for a sidewalk sale and it’s tempting to check out the offerings.  But years ago, I made a decision to put no money into the coffers of that business because along with the clothing, they sell a plethora of idols. There are too many Buddha statues to count, along with various Hindu figures wrapped up in an assortment of serpents.  I don’t need colorful cotton clothing that badly.

I generally avoid the store’s outdoor sales racks so I won’t even be tempted.  But my daughter wanted to look and soon, I found myself headed toward the indoor fitting room with a brightly colored tunic and prayers that God would let me know how He felt about my buying anything there.  I don’t think I’d put one foot inside the door before the barrage of evil on display trumpeted the answer loud and clear.  I turned right around and put the clothing back on the sales rack outside.  Then I approached an impossibly young salesgirl and said, “May I ask you a question?” She said “Sure,” and I asked, “Are you a Christian?”

She replied that she’s an atheist.  She told me she’d grown up with some of her family practicing Islam, others becoming Jehovah’s Witnesses.  So now, she doesn’t have one religious belief. 

I asked, “But you don’t believe there’s a God?” and added pointedly, “Because that’s what an atheist is.”

“No, no. I’m sorry,” she said quickly. “That’s not it. I’m just…I don’t know.  I just…” she faltered, and I said, “Perhaps you’re agnostic - not sure there’s a God?” 

“Yes.  That’s it!” She seemed relieved and asked, “Why do you ask?”

“Because I’m wondering, does it bother you - all the statues of Buddha and snakes for sale in this store?”

She tried to reassure me then, saying the owner believes in fair trade so she travels around the world bringing back all kinds of items to sell in the store.  She seemed to believe this to be a good thing because people in other countries would have a chance to make money for their work.

While we talked, I noticed another woman standing within earshot who seemed to be listening in on our conversation.  So I turned my back to her and stood side by side with the young salesgirl.

“I want to issue you a challenge,” I told her. “First off, Jesus loves you.”

She smiled.

I went on. “I want to challenge you to ask Him to show you that He's real.  You don’t know Him right?  Ask Him and He’ll show Himself to you.  Will you do that?”

She said she would and I told her to just watch and see what happens.

I walked away then, but turned around as my daughter followed, calling out to me.  And I saw that the woman who had been eavesdropping on our conversation had now moved in to talk to the same young salesgirl.  I wondered if she’d come to immediately steal the seed I’d just tried to plant.  But as I relayed this story to my prayer partner, both she and another of my daughters said the same thing, “Maybe that woman came to water the seed.  Who knows?  Maybe she was telling her more about Jesus.”

I hope so. 

For evildoers will be cut off,
but those hoping in Adonai will inherit the land. (Psalm 37:9)

Therefore you too must always be ready, for the Son of Man will come when you are not expecting him. (Matthew 24:44 CJB)

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