The times we are in reminds me of the days of Jeremiah. With endless questions being asked about the reason for the chaos we find ourselves. Most believers link the challenge with the sins of the world. Unbelievers think it’s another “swine flu like” pandemic. We are only 3 months into the long awaited decade and it already feels like we have been in it for a year. Life routines are being altered. A client of mine was telling me that her soon to be 90 year old mum who has nobody to shop for her is alone. They are left with the dilemma of whether or not to bring her to the house as that might expose her to more risk of being infected. People are losing loved ones. Jobs are being lost. Businesses are collapsing. Schools are closing. It feels like life is shutting down.
Despite this happenings, I overheard some people make jest of the end time, insinuating that people who make this claim are stupid. I said to myself “well we shall see”.
But as I reflect on the current climate, I cannot help but link it with the days of Jeremiah. There is a spiritual element to this. Sadly only few believers can see it.
In the search for cure, the world don’t seem to remember God. When they do, it is a cry to cure, not a cry of repentance. We ignore the steps of;
Humility + pray (seeking His face not His hand) + turn from our wicked ways = Cure
Instead we have devised our own formula of;
Pray (seeking His hand) + confess but refuse to repent = ????
The second formula cannot give the same answer as the first. But yet we insist on using it because we claim at least to be praying.
There is a Balm in Gilead as there was in the days of Jeremiah. But the Balm cannot be administered anyhow we like. The Balm is not to be misused. The Healer is not to be cajoled. He isn’t stupid! He isn’t our boy!
There is a Balm in Gilead and He wants His children to turn from their wicked ways. 2 Chronicles 7:14 wasn’t referring to those who aren’t God’s. God was referring to His own. He tells us that we are wicked and we need to turn from our wicked ways so He can heal our land. He tells us that a “just pray” quick fix will not work this time. He tells us that He is loving but He is also a consuming fire. He tells us that He is a God who loves the sowing and reaping season. But most importantly He shows us how to get a cure if we want one. God is going to fix the world through the church. As a church we need to look within, repent and go on our knees and intercede for our world.
There is a Balm in Gilead. There is a healer there.