We Must Look To God

One of these verses was given in our sermon yesterday, and several have used it for their facebook, but I am compelled to continue this because of the violence and rebellion that is happening recently. The Scripture is Luke 21:9-13 “When you hear of wars and rebellions, don’t be alarmed. Indeed, these things must take place first, but the end won’t come right away. Then He told them: Nation will be raised up against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be violent earthquakes, and famines and plagues in various places, and there will be terrifying sights and great signs from heaven. But before all these things, they will lay their hands on you and persecute you. They will hand you over to the synagogues and prisons, and you will be brought before kings and governors because of My name. It will lead to an opportunity for you to witness.” Certainly we are walking in times that seem like the quickening of birth pains which are getting closer together. But this leads me to say something. The rioting is not because of a black man being killed by a white policeman. It’s not about white on black, black on white, black on black, white on white, or police against all, or all against the police. It’s about evil against good. What makes a person think they have the right to rebel and loot stores, and set fire to buildings, many of which were against the very race they were rebelling to protect. Something is wrong in America, and we can’t blame the president, even though some want to. They can’t blame the state leadership, even though they do. They can’t blame outside interference, although they do. Because you see, the issue is sin sickness. The issue is the same as it has been from the beginning of time. A hate brewing between those who seem to have and those who have not and decide to take it from those who have. It’s about hate, which is why Cain killed his own brother. It’s about anger because of the present state of affairs such as the plagues that have been cast upon us. The answer is not in destroying the very fabric of our lives, but the answer is to seek God and turn to God for His guidance. We have a promise that is written in the Old Testament, and still transcends time, and is still appropriate for today, but can we live it? It is found in 2 Chronicles 7:12-15 Then the Lord appeared to Solomon at night and said to him: I have heard your prayer and have chosen this place for Myself as a temple of sacrifice. If I close the sky so there is no rain, or if I command the grasshopper to consume the land, or if I send pestilence on My people, and My people who are called by My name humble themselves, pray and seek My face, and turn from their evil ways, then I will hear from heaven, forgive their sin, and heal their land. My eyes will now be open and My ears attentive to prayer from this place.” Pastor Andy

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