A Great Place – April 2022
It is unlikely that the prophet Moses ever imagined himself in a great place again as he approached the burning bush in the Midian Desert that day (see Exodus 3:1-3). Moses was now 80 years of age and 40 years removed from a life of leisure, luxury, position, privilege, and power in what at the time had been the greatest world power of the day (Egypt). Having had to flee from all of that and mostly as a means of his own undoing, Moses settles in for a life in the hot, dusty, and insanely dull Midian Desert working for his father-in-law as a sheepherder and likely thinking that his life was all but over. As we soon come to find out, The Living God was in that burning bush that day, and as Moses would soon come to discover, his life was only then just beginning.
The account of Moses as recorded in the book of Exodus is a lesson on the power of the Presence of God and in OUR response to Him! As Moses would come to discover, nothing else matters.
Perhaps few today in the Church of Jesus of Christ would ever imagine themselves in a great place again either. Given the developments of the past couple of decades as reflected in the rising tide of changing public opinions, legislative maneuvering, court renderings, corporate canceling, and increased public shaming it has become difficult for many of us at times to believe that better days lie ahead for God’s people. But please don’t be discouraged.
Consider the following…
- It is The Living God who gives us success in all we confront and take up. Proverbs 2:7
- It is The Living God who provides for our most basic needs. Matthew 6:31-32
- It is The Living God who gives us the ability to create wealth. Deuteronomy 8:18
- It is The Living God who brokers peace with our enemies. Both great and small. Proverbs 16:7
- It is The Living God who makes all living things produce and bear fruit. 1 Corinthians 3:7
- It is The Living God who gives us peace of mind and rest for the body, mind, and soul. Matthew 11:28-30 and Philippians 4:6-7
- It is The Living God who gives us wisdom and understanding in order to navigate crisis situations of any proportion. Proverbs 2:6
As we face uncertain days ahead, one thing we can be certain of is that our God—The Living God, remains without rival! That should come as a comforting thought. God does, however make use of instruments like Moses—and like us, in order to fulfill His great purposes. Returning to a great place for Moses was a matter of simply yielding his life to God’s leading and in relying upon His power—each without exception. But it’s important to note that God did require of him to return to Egypt and to face down Pharoah—an act that demanded great courage.
The call to A Great Place now amounts to an urgent clarion call and one that is not for the faint of heart. But, be sure of this, it is a time and place for The Living God to shine. Like Moses, this moment may just prove to be your finest hour. Will you choose to heed The Clarion Call?
Your life is only just beginning. Here’s to discovering Your Great Place!
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A Voice Crying in The Wilderness
Where are we? We often dwell in a densely populated metropolis where the cacophony of bustling society, and busy people make it difficult to distinguish one voice from another. It is not easy to define the places we live, work, and enjoy life as the wilderness. When we think of the wilderness, we envision dangerous untamed creatures lurking for prey under the cover of dark skies. We imagine harsh conditions that challenge us, pushing us to our limits for daily survival. Our senses are heightened as each move, each decision, each action could be the one that causes us to be caught with our guard down. How are we to ever live our best life under such harsh and exacting conditions? What can be done about the compromise that has caused these conditions and the culture that supports them?
There is so much chaos, so much confusion, hearts have grown so cold, man’s inhumanity to man has become so commonplace. We wonder if our wilderness, masquerading as civilized society, can ever be tamed. Is there hope for America?
Proverbs 25: 28 Whoever has no rule over his own spirit Is like a city broken down, without walls.
What have we done? How have we allowed such a wonderful land to become a wilderness, overran by moral depravity? How is it that we can no longer discern the difference between a man and a woman? How can we applaud an uber educated woman who cannot define what a woman is? How can we allow the sexually perverted, so-called intellectual elite to proselytize our children into a sexual confused stupor, under the guise of diversity, equality and inclusion? Opioid overdose deaths are setting new records year after year. Violent crime is spiking. People are restless, the earth is groaning. Something must be done; someone has to speak up.
Should one dare to address any aspect of this moral malaise, they would be branded a demagogue. The threat of being labeled intolerant is met with the threat of being cancelled by our culture. You could lose your ability to earn income; become a pariah; persona non grata. Is it worth it?
If someone, anyone had the audacity to speak up amidst the chaos, it could make a difference. If there were a voice willing to cry out against the moral turpitude so pervasive in our land, perhaps… If someone would step up and take one for the team, make the sacrifice, walk the plank, fall on the sword; perhaps someone might just hear a voice crying in the wilderness. Perhaps that voice would awaken a sleeping giant lying dormant inside a righteous remnant waiting for words that will spark renewal, revival, maybe even revolution.
I have heard that voice! Today it is but a whisper in comparison to the roar that will ultimately resound. It is little more than a still small voice in comparison to the clarion call of the trumpet it shall become. That voice is BASIC. Brothers And Sister In Christ, we are a voice crying in the wilderness. We will awaken this generation to shake free from being “woke” and be awakened by a GOD who will use our voices to rally HIS people to turn this world upside down.
There is no special talent required. The things necessary to amplify this voice are “BASIC”. All that is required is a concern for our culture and society, a conviction that Christ is the answer, and courage to lift your voices and cry in the wilderness. It’s BASIC. Brothers and Sister in Christ lifting our collective voices.
Isaiah 40:3-5 The voice of one crying in the wilderness: “Prepare the way of the Lord; Make straight in the desert A highway for our God. 4 Every valley shall be exalted And every mountain and hill brought low; The crooked places shall be made straight And the rough places smooth; 5 The glory of the Lord shall be revealed, And all flesh shall see it together; For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”