March 6, 2013

Zephaniah 2:3 Seek the LORD, all you humble of the land,
you who do what he commands.
Seek righteousness, seek humility;
perhaps you will be sheltered
on the day of the LORD’s anger.

This sounds to me like a very pertinent word to the genuine Christians of America today! Whereas there is hope of repentance and revival, the nation as a whole looks to be headed in a very bad direction, to a degree that makes me quite concerned for my family members and loved ones who live there. This verse is applicable on the individual level whatever happens on the national level. Whereas in a democracy every individual has some influence, few have great influence. I am reminded of stories I heard this past week in Tohoku. When the tsunami hit, people thought first of their loved ones, but in no time they were focused on their personal survival. This verse gives the instructions for personal survival when immorality on all levels brings the judgment of God on a national scale. I believe we should pray for America as Abraham prayed for Sodom and Gomor­rah in Genesis 18:20-32, but at the same time we need to seek the Lord personally, to see to it that we aren’t caught up in the devil’s lies that have so polluted the land.

I have been complacent myself, accepting “entertainment” that is polluted, and that is dangerous indeed. I need to be clear in my commitment and alert to the devil’s tricks, seeking the Lord for the wisdom to navigate the minefield that is modern society. At the same time, as a pastor I need to be teaching and encouraging others to do the same. It really comes down to seeking the Lord on every level all the time, which is what He has been saying to me strongly for the past several days, at least. Actually, that has been His call from my birth, but I am sensing a renewed focus and urgency. I am not to settle into “business as usual,” but be active in my pursuit of Him, so that His purposes for my life may be fulfilled.

Father, Psalm 27:8 comes to mind: “My heart says of you, “Seek his face!” Your face, LORD, I will seek.” That verse first struck me well over 30 years ago, but I haven’t followed through well enough. Help me follow through fully, placing You truly above and before everything else, so that nothing will interfere with my fellowship with You or Your speaking and acting through me, for Your glory. Thank You. Hallelujah!

About jgarrott

Born and raised in Japan of missionary parents. Have been here as an adult missionary since 1981.
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