Last Sunday, I was reading in Judges 7:3-8 about Gideon. I thought it was very interesting that God chose 300 men out of 10,000 just because of the way they drank water. Twenty-two thousand men had already turned back. The Lord told Gideon there were still to many men to fight the Midianites. So he said, "I will test these men." (verse 4) The ones who got down on their knees and lapped water in their hands and drank it, he kept as his army. There were 300 left. Why do you think God chose the 300? They were the remnant.
The whole point of me telling you this is because the remnant are those who are watching and are aware of what is happening in our world according to the bible. This story of Gideon in Judges 7 really explains what God is looking for in his people today.
At 8 a.m., Sunday morning, Pastor Ron Phillips from Abbas House in Tennessee was on TV. I turned on his show, and he was talking about the book of Habakkuk. He said Habakkuk has three messages: 1. Get a burden (Habakkuk 1:1); 2. Get a vision (Habakkuk 2:1); and Get a life (Habakkuk 2:4). Habakkuk got a burden for his nation and began to pray. Joel 2:1 says, "Blow a trumpet in Zion, sound the alarm on my holy mountain ..." The trumpet has been sound, and it is time for God's people to rise up and pray and then get involved in what he is doing.
This is a Kairos time (God's time). A season of the unexpected. It seems everyday things are changing and God is looking for those who are waiting and watching to see him move once again in our nation. This will happen when we fulfill 2 Chronicles 7:14, "If my people (those who really believe God is real and have given their lives to Jesus as their Lord and Savior) who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their evil, wicked ways then I will hear from heaven and I will heal their land." We need a great awakening to take place in the church and in our nation.
Do we really believe God has a plan for us and our nation? He says so in his word. the prophets are saying 2012 will be a year of woes. What are we going to do? Habakkuk 2:1-3 says, "I will stand on my watch to see what the Lord will say to me." Then the Lord answered him and said "write the vision and make it plain on tablets that he who runs may read it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time; but at the end it will speak and will not lie. Though it tarries wait for it. Because it will surely come, it will not delay." Habakkuk 3:1-2 is called the Prophet's Prayer, O Lord, I have heard your speech and was afraid: O Lord, revive your work in the midst of the years. In the midst of the years make it know: In wrath remember mercy. (In the midst of the years means the waiting period for the final resolution of the intolerable situation.)
Now, to tie all this together. We are coming into the season of three feasts on the Jewish calendar. We as Gentile Christians have been grafted into the vine which is Israel. The Bible tells us to pray for the peace of Jerusalem and give God no rest until he makes Jerusalem a praise in all the earth. Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year. It is a time to reflect on your relationship with Jesus and determine if there is anything you need to work on in your life. It begins Sept. 28 and ends Oct. 7 when Yom Kippur begins. Yom Kippur is a time for Christians to celebrate the sacrifice Jesus made for us in allowing us to go before him. The third is The Feast of Tabernacles. This is a time for Christians to reflect on the second coming of Christ and the 1,000 year reign of Jesus on the earth.
My prayer for all of us and our nation is 2 Chronicles 7:14. Are you a part of the remnant? God says, He will have a remnant. Matthew 25:1-13 The story of the 10 virgins. Five were ready and five were not.
I want to thank all the pastors and people who came this month to the First United Methodist Church and Pastor Barry Moll for letting us use the church. We had a four-hour meeting to prepare the ministers on what to do if we ever have a crisis in our area and how they can prepare their congregations.
(The opinions of this article are those of the author and not necessarily those of The Inter-Mountain, the Randolph County Ministerial Association or the author's church affiliation.)