Cry out to the Lord
And we think we have trouble! It’s easy to lose the right perspective when we look at our world and see the way things are going. In some places people are struggling to survive, while in others they are busy killing each other. The popular trend seems to be “do what feels good and what is right in our own eyes, instead of what God says is good and what is right.” It appears we are a people without a “moral compass.” The Bible is our “moral compass” and God’s word is truth and our guide!
If the difficulties of the past few years make us wistful for the good old days, we haven’t read about the really old days Joel was talking about.
Judah was up against relentless hoard of locusts ravaging the land; vineyards were so damaged that the priests couldn’t even squeeze out a drink offering. The fig, pomegranate, palm, and apple trees were all ruined. The entire agricultural base, which was the lifeblood of the Judean economy, was wiped out. Indeed, as Joel described it, “Joy has withered away from the sons of man” (Joel 1:12. At a time when many must have been shaking their fists at God for allowing such devastation. Joel told the people that it was time to go into the house of the Lord and cry out to Him.
This is always the answer. When there is trouble in the land, our only recourse is to turn to God, fall on our knees and call out to Him and trust Him without fail. No matter what calamity strikes today, that should be our number one strategy. We practice safe distance due to Covid-19 pandemic; have we also distance ourselves from God? Do we daily “cry out to the Lord” with a humble heart?
You don’t hear much about humility these days. We don’t applaud the humble; we praise the arrogant.
When King Solomon dedicated the Temple in Jerusalem to God, he prayed that God would intervene for His people when they faced calamity. God’s response to Solomon is one of the most beautiful and encouraging passages of the whole Bible: “if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14). Among other things, this verse speaks of the importance of approaching God with all of our heart and humility when we cry out for help. James 4:10 says “Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.”
A Bible verse about humility is not just a pleasant phrase to put on a plaque or share on social media. It’s a way of life. Humility must become our way of viewing ourselves and where we fit in the universe. It must become how we understand our relationship with our Creator, especially in times of distress. It is time to stop being “dull of hearing” (Hebrews 5:11; Isaiah 6:10). It is time to notice what is happening around us and to believe and do what the Bible really says, because there is a great God and our sins are not hidden from Him!
Now, more than ever, is the time for humility and to turn our heart back to God, the one who created and Love us unconditionally; and following the ways of Jesus, Love one another, for we are all his people, no matter the race. Don’t let Satan steal the gift God has planned for you, Eternal Life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Let the Love of Christ rule our heart, not only will we be healed, but our land, the nations, will be healed.