Death and violence in schools, brutal attacks on those in law enforcement and the military, an infectious disease lingers in our largest city, armies dedicated to the defeat of America, financial markets in constant flux, the destruction of the unborn, sexual immorality mandated by law, prayers to the God of heaven unconstitutional, drought unrelenting, mention of God in educational settings mocked, and still our leaders do not cry out to God for mercy. How long, how long?
Years ago a leader of a government and a people not unlike our own was confronted by a call to repent before the one true God. And he did! The King of evil, pagan Nineveh knew he and his people we’re living in rebellion to God. And when called to repentance by one man he said this:
“… let everyone call urgently on God. Let them give up their evil ways and their violence. Who knows? God may yet relent and with compassion turn from his fierce anger so that we will not perish.”
God does not ignore sin. He does not ignore being mocked. He does not ignore a people who will pray to anything or anyone but to him. As technology dazzles the senses, love of the moment blinds spiritual eyes. That which is light is said to be dark and that which is dark is said to be light. Intriguing distractions call out at every turn. Dame Folly cries in a loud voice that the ways of God are for the stupid and unsophisticated.
Christian, rejoice that you have a more powerful message to bring than Jonah did. You do have the message of repentance, but you also have the message of the gospel! Like Jonah you have been called to bring God’s message to a lost people.
Our world, our country, our cities, our families are a mess. Christian, we must begin with our children, then our churches and then those around us. Pray for our leaders, call them to repentance, pray for repentance, extend the call of the kingdom to those who are lost.
No one knows God’s time table. We do know he is patient. We do know he brings down and raises up as he pleases. We do know it is foolish to live and govern as if he does not exist. We do know it is a brazen act not to ask for his help. We do know he will act to honor his name.
How long, how long O Lord? May your people take your light out from under the basket and show its beauty and brilliance. May those who lead us hear your call for repentance through the voice of your people.
“Who knows? God may yet relent and with compassion turn from his fierce anger so that we will not perish.”