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God is speaking to our nation in the drought

Al MILLER

Tuesday, July 29, 2014    

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"If you follow my decrees and are careful to obey my commands, I will send you rain in its season and the ground will yield its crops and the trees their fruit in due season." Leviticus 26: 3-4

A wise people will listen to the voice that speaks and seek to understand what it is saying. Ignoring the loud voice that speaks is to our peril. The drought is the voice of God calling to a nation to examine itself and its direction to remember the God of their fathers, to return to the faith of their fathers, and live by it. It is on this faith that the nation was born and been kept by the mighty hand of God.

Our God-fearing fathers dedicated the nation in a covenant with Jehovah as reflected in our motto, anthem and pledge. Justice and truth (word of God) are the pillars on which our founding fathers chose to build the nation and asked God to bless, guard, guide, and protect us. Our great grandparents and parents taught us to fear God, obey His word, love one another, and do what is right for God's blessing to rest on us. They warned us that if we turned away from God to serve other gods, He would judge us and life would not go well with us.

Many of us, along with our leaders, have turned away from the path laid, hence we are reaping the results. As a servant of The Lord, and in keeping with our heritage, I call us as a nation to return to the God and the faith of our fathers that it may go well with us. God has been good to us. Let's not forsake him and follow other nations. We know the ways of God, we know what is right, let's us do it!

Let us teach it again to our children and restore the path laid by our fathers which served us well.

It is my responsibility and that of other like-minded and similarly appointed servants of Christ, to remind you that 'cause and effect' is a fundamental divine principle set for operation in the universe. We must not forget it. Hence we need to consistently ask the questions 'why', or 'what is the cause' when we encounter difficult situations. This is a good practice to employ if we are to find answers to the issues of our time and our nation.

If such questions are never asked when problems assail us, then answers will never be found and solutions never discovered and applied. Not to discover the real cause, and apply the right solutions, makes failure inevitable.

God is speaking to our nation in the drought. He is trying to get our attention. He is calling us back to righteousness truth and justice as the pillars for building the nation. The drought is reminding us that we are not in control of everything, God is. It is reminding us that there is a God to be feared and obeyed. It is reminding us that there are consequences to action contrary to God's word principles. It is reminding us that as brilliant, bright and skilled as we are, we have limitations. It is reminding those who say there is no God and there are no 'absolutes' to follow that inform life and conduct, that God is God! Let us be reminded that there is a direct relationship with human conduct, the elements and nature's response. The reality is that the spiritual affects the natural as the natural came out of the spiritual.

The unabated bloodshed, evil practices and rejection of right-doing as a way of life (culture) is a main cause of the prolonged drought on the land. It will continue until we recognise it and cry out to God to send rain.

"When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain... if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land." 2 Chronicles 7:14

God has been merciful and gracious to us. He has spared us from hurricanes over the last few seasons because of the prayers of the people of God who cried to him to spare us to allow economic growth.

We have not acknowledged His goodness and honoured Him. He speaks now through the drought; will we listen or wait for something worse? Let us remember that God is sovereign, all power resides in Him alone. We are to be his servants to fulfil His good purpose in the earth.

God is revealing Himself again to this nation so He can bless her and bring us into our divine destiny. Hear the voice of the drought, the message it is sending and respond rightly.

Al Miller is the senior pastor of Fellowship Tabernacle. Send comments to pastormilleroffice@gmail.com

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