Driving home from Santa Rosa I kept thinking about how extreme life is right now and how we nearly missed this miracle. It should never surprise us when God answers prayer however, the force and suddenness of the outbreak of miracles in Santa Rosa came out of nowhere. I know how terms get bandied about and how much hype continues to foul up the air. The best thing that I can say to you is you should ask someone who was there besides me. They will reaffirm that it was a clash of thunder accented by a drenching rain of God’s presence.
This is a time of extremes and contradictions: Things are moving way to fast. Things are moving way too slow. Things are way too complicated. Things are way too simple. There is a great danger if you hesitate. There is great danger if you jump the gun.
Besides all of this, we are living in a “Best of times, worst of times” scenario. Revival and righteousness is catching fire all around us. At the same time rage, perversion and violence are accelerating. Our economy is showing signs of life in some sectors but storm clouds are gathering in others that threaten to derail our gains and push unemployment back up.
Santa Rosa is a miracle we nearly missed because we couldn’t see it coming. I should have been ready to move in an instant with God. On the other hand, I almost blew it by forcing some doors open in other situations instead of waiting on God. I should have taken the hint that if things are not falling into place it is because God wants me available for a block of time to harvest in a city.
My dependency on God must grow from guidance into extreme guidance. I must discover the nuances of a very fluid time in history. I must hear God’s voice on a more basic level than ever. This is a time to discard all human opinion and rid ourselves of all presumption.
The margin for error is now razor thin for all of us. Little mistakes can now cause outsized damage. Like the times that we live in, guidance from the Holy Spirit can seem to contradict itself. One moment, something may be the way to go and the next, we have pivot violently and head in a new direction.
Let me give you a good example : Isaiah 40:31says, “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”
I know why running can make you weary but why would walking make you faint? Galatians 6:9 says,“And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” It is by waiting on God that we discover if we are in a situation where we need to jump, run and seize a divine and not be winded by the dizzying pace. Or, we need to draw strength from God to realize that things are going to feel like they are moving like a glacier, so we are not overcome with discouragement.
Proverbs 3:5,6 says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; 6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.” This verse is no longer a poetic ode to be admired like some painting; it is a survival guide to be followed to the letter! The word all is there twice for reinforcement.
All: Ministries, marriages, businesses, careers now have to be run with a higher level of sensitivity to and trust in the voice of God. We must bring Him in on the little things as well as the big. We must cover all of our affairs with prayer and leave nothing to habit, past procedure, tradition, methodology, or biases.