To have to ask that question means something is missing or there is a misunderstanding. I have a clock, and every device I own has a digital clock that is working fine. So exactly what am I referring to when I ask the above question? Looking around the world, especially in the United States, answering that question would depend on who you ask.
The Western Church has undoubtedly lost the urgency of the hour. So few are praying for the nation’s direction, and few are teaching and preaching the real gospel. Our country is more divided along political, racial, religious, and many other lines. We have pro-vaccine and anti-vaccine. Our country’s southern border is out of control, and the only time we hear from our leaders is to promote personal agendas.
Many are talking of the ‘mark of the beast,’ one-world government, and so on. Fear abounds like never before, and the Church of Jesus is not exempt. Many who call themselves disciples of Christ bear no fruit and often look and act just like those who are not followers of Christ. Despite all of the changes with Covid-19, lawlessness, famine, and so forth, we seem to think things will eventually return to the way they were.
Many are still amassing their fortunes, and attempting get rich schemes, preying on the poor. Then there are those calling evil good and good evil. No one is seeking the Lord! Few are crying out for corporate and national repentance. The selfishness continues to abound as long as we can get food, clothing and we are still in our warm dwelling. We seem to act oblivious to what is going on all around us.
It’s Not A Time For This!
Before I tell you what time it is, let me tell you what time it is not. We all have basic needs in this life. We work and serve, and God provides. There is nothing wrong with having things we can enjoy so long as they aren’t controlling us. But, let’s look at the story in 2 Kings 5:15-27. Here we find the story of the Syrian general Naaman who leprosy. He went to Israel to seek healing. But, he was upset because the prophet, Elisha, didn’t come out to meet him, and worse, he told him to wash in the Jordan River.
Nevertheless, Naaman obeyed and was completely healed. In return, as a show of appreciation, Naaman asked Elisha what he could do for him.
2 Kings 5:16 “as the Lord lives, before whom I stand, I will take nothing.” Naaman urged Elisha to take something, some clothes or gold, anything, but Elisha refused. The gospel is free, but those who preach it have needs. They are provided for by the hand of God through various means. Elisha was a faithful servant who would not accept worldly possessions for what the Lord had accomplished.
But the prophet’s servant had a problem with Elisha not receiving from Naaman. So he devised a scheme whereby he would get something for himself. Gehazi runs after Naaman and explains that two men of the sons of the prophets showed up and needed a change of clothes and some silver.
After depositing the goods in the house, he went before Elisha, who already knew what had happened. 2 Kings 15:25 And Elisha said to him, ‘where have you been, Gehazi?” And he said, “Your servant went nowhere.” NASB
2 Kings 15:26 Then he said to him, “Did not my heart go with you when the man turned from his chariot to meet you? Is it a time to receive money and to receive clothes and olive groves and vineyards and sheep and oxen and male and female servants?”
Elisha tells Gehazi that the leprosy of Naaman would cling to him, which it did before he left Elisha’s sight. This story is packed with so much for us to glean. But, my focus is the prophet’s statement regarding a time to receive stuff. Obviously, it is not a time for those things. Elisha had already refused Naamans offer, and if the sons of prophets had need, Elisha would have accepted something.
There are times to receive wealth and goods. God provides our needs through the jobs we work, other people we encounter, or supernatural means. My point here is we need to discern the time we are in and know we need to spend our every hour wisely doing what the Lord has called us to.
Time To Seek The Lord!
If it is not a time to focus on amassing things of this world for this age, then it must be time for something else. America, and really all nations, but especially the United States, has departed from the ways of the Lord. The Covid-19 pandemic has forever changed the world. Yet, many in the body of Christ are still bound in fear, and others are being led astray by false doctrines, false Christ’s, and doctrines of demons. We also war with one another with name-calling and labels.
Instead of being divisive over vaccines, political agendas, conspiracies, and media reports, we should do what the prophets of old told Israel to do. Yes, we need to refocus. We need to obey the Lord and seek Him, not man’s wisdom or the ways of the world.
The prophet Amos reminds them that they carried pagan gods through the wilderness and even offered their children to Molech, just as we have done. Like Israel and Judah, we have become at ease.
Amos 5:1 ‘Hear this word which I take up for you as a dirge.” The prophet reminds them of their failures and many sins. Yet, he takes up a dirge or a lament. Then in verse four, He directs them, “For thus says the Lord to the house of Israel, ‘Seek Me that you may live.’”
Verse 6: “Seek the Lord that you may live, lest He break forth like a fire, O house of Joseph, And it consume with none to quench it for Bethel.” NASB
Isaiah 55:6 “Seek the Lord while He may be found; Call upon Him while He is near.”
Isaiah adjures the wicked to forsake his way, unrighteous thoughts, and return to the Lord, who will have compassion on him. Repentance is a good thing that leads to righteousness.
The Lord’s mercy and compassion are new every day, but are we experiencing His compassion or His consuming fire? Are we spending more time in the Word, prayer, and personal or corporate worship? Or do we spend eight hours in front of the television, on social media, participating in worldly pleasures? I’m not legalistic, as I enjoy a good football game, movie, or time of fellowship.
This is a call to run after and seek His face. Isaiah said, seek Him while you can, meaning there will be a time where it is too late. There is coming a time where this age will end and the next begin. If you have not accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior and followed Him now, then there will be no more life after you die, except the Great White Throne judgment.
Now is the time to repent and turn away from this world and age’s selfish pleasures and foolish whims. America needs revival, and it will come. But it must come to the house of God first. Now is the time to fast and pray like never before. We are losing more freedoms, and our freedom to gather and worship corporately is being threatened. Will you regress and hide? Will you be like the Church in Germany in World War II that stood by while Jews were rounded up and sent to their death.
God loves us and will show compassion, but we must turn away from our wicked ways and seek Him, now!