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What do we do?
By Mario Murillo
I am staring out at Table Rock Lake in Branson, Missouri. I am haunted by Charles Dickens: “IT WAS the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way.”
America, we have entered the season of our greatest fear. We have entered the season of our greatest hope. Like tares and wheat, the best and worst grow together.
First the worst: Headlines rain down like brimstone. We see premeditated murder on live television. Tweets call the murderer a hero and ask for a race war. They scream of war in Korea or Iran. They warn us we are going down with China. We see the killing fields of our inner cities.
We are dismayed by the behavior of Americans in the face of certain doom. Instead of driving them to prayer or repentance we see masses run the gamut from the silly to the depraved. A nation shakes its fist at God.
Meanwhile, our nation’s leader takes morbid delight in our undoing…drunk on history’s worst case of unjustified arrogance.
Add to the chaos those deceitful preachers who prey instead of pray. Gloom and doom sells a lot of products. Some have changed their theology to reject the rapture…presumably because the rapture would be bad for business.
It is an explosively confusing time. The persevering saint asks “what do we do?” The Psalmist asked, “If the foundations be destroyed what can the righteous do?” –Psalm 11:3
Do we take our money out of the bank? Do we sell all and move to the hills? Do we buy gold? Do we hoard food?
I received my answer to this as clear as the noon day sun. The Holy Spirit gave me three words: DWELL, DISCERN, and DELIVER.
Dwell: Psalm 91: 1 He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.2 I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.” 3 Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler And from the perilous pestilence.
Psalm 91: 7 A thousand may fall at your side, And ten thousand at your right hand; But it shall not come near you.
Psalm 91: 9 Because you have made the LORD, who is my refuge, Even the Most High, your dwelling place, 10 No evil shall befall you, Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling;11 For He shall give His angels charge over you, To keep you in all your ways. 12 In their hands they shall bear you up, Lest you dash your foot against a stone.
Psalm 91:14 “Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known My name.15 He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble…
Isaiah 8:12 “Do not say, ‘A conspiracy,’ Concerning all that this people call a conspiracy, Nor be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled. 13 The Lord of hosts, Him you shall hallow; Let Him be your fear, And let Him be your dread. 14 He will be as a sanctuary…
What these verses mean by dwell is the deliberate act of sheltering in God. No amount of food and ammunition will compensate for a heart that is fearful. On the other hand, no outward threat can shake the God dweller.
The people who wrote these verses have put God in where their human wits used to be. They are now resting, reviving, residing in Almighty God. The Psalmist commends the man who “made the Lord” his refuge.
Draw nearer to God! That is always the first step in any plan to face a coming storm. Dwell!
Discern: Have I purchased food for storage? A little. Have I purchased gold? Not yet. Am I taking my money out of the bank? Some. Here is the deal…you need to hear the voice of God. Instead of wringing your hands to figure out your best move…listen to God. Discern the motive of the preacher who is trying to scare you.
When I see panic I immediately doubt the speaker. He is replacing God in the people. He is alarming them instead of arming them. His information while accurate can lead to a false conclusion. The Bible says, “Do not say, ‘A conspiracy,’ Concerning all that this people call a conspiracy, Nor be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled. 13 The Lord of hosts, Him you shall hallow; Let Him be your fear, And let Him be your dread. 14 He will be as a sanctuary…
It is not that we will not have to make bold moves to protect ourselves; it is just that those moves must come from divine guidance. God tells the man who is listening what to do in sudden calamity.
A blazing example of this is Isaiah giving the people specific direction. Isaiah 26: 20 Come, my people, enter your chambers, And shut your doors behind you; Hide yourself, as it were, for a little moment, Until the indignation is past. Discern the voice of the Lord!
Deliver: Mark 6:54 And when they came out of the boat, immediately the people recognized Him, 55 ran through that whole surrounding region, and began to carry about on beds those who were sick to wherever they heard He was. 56 Wherever He entered, into villages, cities, or the country, they laid the sick in the marketplaces, and begged Him that they might just touch the hem of His garment. And as many as touched Him were made well.
Daniel 11: 32 Those who do wickedly against the covenant he shall corrupt with flattery; but the people who know their God shall be strong, and carry out great exploits.
Luke 18: 7 And shall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him, though He bears long with them? 8 I tell you that He will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?”
What do these three verses have in common? They demonstrate people busy bringing deliverance to others and not bent on escape.
We are not to live in these days as if they are a zombie apocalypse. You have a garage full of food in a famine? The Jesus in you is going to want to share and even believe for miracles in your neighbors. But that does not mean we are fools! We DWELL, DISCERN AND DELIVER!