Remember years ago when cell service was spotty and one provider’s commercials featured a guy who kept repeating, “Can you hear me now?” Perhaps God has been repeating that question to us for an even longer time. Not because His “cell service” is weak, but because life in America is so easy that listening to God hasn’t seemed necessary for the most part. Granted, at crucial times such as the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the 911 attacks and a few others, churches saw an influx of attenders. But were we really listening?
If you are just joining us, welcome! We are a group of friends gathered in our virtual living room to discuss the current chaos as we view it through the lens of Scripture. We desperately need to hear Him now, and I think His next words to us are “Listen to Me!” Here are previous posts in this mini-series:
- Part 1: Can You Hear Me Now? – A New Mini-Series
- Part 2: Doors of Opportunity: Be Careful Which Ones You Open
- Part 3: Prelude to Babylon 2.0
- Part 4: The Trump Card
We’re hanging around in Isaiah today, so find Isaiah 51 in your Bible and read its 23 verses. (Go ahead…we’ll wait!)
Here, we find a remnant of faithful ones being encouraged as God beckons them to trust Him. Throughout history, Israel has faced challenging times, but perhaps no more so than the days of the prophets who often brought doom and gloom messages, but also words of encouragement to those who would heed them. This passage is an encouragement from the prophet Isaiah.
Three times in the first seven verses, God says, “Listen to Me!” One thing I’ve learned about God: if He says something more than once, it’s important! He wants our ears to be tuned to Him. Who has our ears: network news or the internet, or God? Do we spend as much time in God’s Word as we do listening to news reports?
Mainstream media (MSM) is attacking our Christian faith and our worldview in every conceivable way. We should give them no pleasure in doing so. The attack on religious freedom has been waged for many years, but ramped up during this election cycle and is racing at breakneck speed now.
We are to look to the rock from which we were cut. Jesus Christ is our Rock!
18 “I love You, Lord, my strength.”~Psalm 18:1-3
2 The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my savior,
My God, my rock, in whom I take refuge;
My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
3 I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised,
And I am saved from my enemies.”
Are you listening?
Isaiah 51:4-5 tells us clearly the Lord is lawful, just and righteous. Those things are missing in our government and in our world today, but they have not slipped the hands of Almighty God! Listen to Him, because He goes on to say (verse 7) we do not have to fear taunting people or be terrified by their abuses. Are you fearful? Are you sick and tired of the abuses by those in power, whether government, big tech or otherwise? Listen to Him! He will avenge, His righteousness will be forever and His salvation reaches to all generations (verse 8).
Friends, that’s incredible news! We are not defeated by power-hungry politicians or abusive rioters! Jesus is our Protector, Redeemer, Righteous Lord and Sovereign Savior!
Nonetheless, though our sins were dealt with at the cross, we must still cope with national sin. Our nation is not repentant, and God’s hand of blessing and protection may be removed from our country. As a nation, we have turned against a righteous God and He must act with justice. But, just as Isaiah was writing to the remnant of Israel, I believe He is writing to us today! We (Christians) have the strength and boldness to stand for righteousness! We are not defeated and though God might judge our nation, He has not abandoned us! Pay no attention to the “cancel culture” who wants to rid America of Christianity. We stand on the side of victory!
Verses 12-13 promise His comfort. The One who stretched out the heavens and laid the foundation of the earth is He who destroys our oppressors. He says: “I, I Myself, am He who comforts you. Who are you that you are afraid of mortal man?” Are you listening?
Finally, I leave you with this nugget from Isaiah 46:8-10:
“Remember this, and be assured;~Isaiah 46:8-10
Recall it to mind, you wrongdoers.
9 Remember the former things long past,
For I am God, and there is no other;
I am God, and there is no one like Me,
10 Declaring the end from the beginning,
And from ancient times things which have not been done,
Saying, ‘My plan will be established,
And I will accomplish all My good pleasure.'”
Yes indeed, we are “wrongdoers” saved by the grace of Jesus Christ. Sin no longer controls us. Therefore, we trust in our God who is like no other. He knows it all and controls it all. Listen as He says: “My plan will be established, and I will accomplish all My good pleasure.”
Listen…can you hear Him now?
Tomorrow we gather again to discuss bold moves necessary for if the church is to regain standing and commit to revival. We’ll save your seat on the sofa! See you then.