Turning

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I can’t bear to watch the news… What a catalogue of sin and pain… Some might say that the “civilised West” is ” reaping the whirlwind”…

But we are not in a position to judge… Our loving God still holds out hands of mercy. He looks for repentance from all our sins and the turning of our lives over to Him… This is the real issue…

Hosea 8:7-8 NIV
“They sow the wind and reap the whirlwind. The stalk has no head; it will produce no flour. Were it to yield grain, foreigners would swallow it up. Israel is swallowed up, now she is among the nations like something no one wants.”

All we seem to produce is wasted- a chasing after the wind.. No one is benefited… We sell ourselves and our goods to the highest bidder. We don’t even get the benefit in this world, never mind the next. All we seek after is a transient moment of success which then turns to disappointment as the needs of society move endlessly on.

We who have been satisfied in ourselves, now have nothing to offer. We are barren, not fit for the harvest. We have become the outsider, the ones who need shelter and help, but there is none. We have given over our God and have settled for a safe seat in the pew and a settled social life that will keep us safe and secure. We are not safe and we are not secure, as faith in the living God has been replaced by the insurance culture of the Western psyche.

The East is turning to God out of great hardship and oppression, but the West, who have rested on their prosperity, are heading into night. The East that has little in real terms, and is working to find a place in a global economy. In spiritual terms many are finding the way to God and a vibrant life, even though lacking safety and security. Those who have been rich are now poor, especially in terms of spiritual life. Those who are poor in this world system, and finding eternal riches in Christ.

This is not the time for the church movement, the new strategy or the big church leader. It is time for individual Christians to see their own short comings and sinful ways, and to turn to God. Repent of our sins and believe that God will lead us according to His ways. God will open the doors and show His own people the way back….

God help us to humble ourselves and turn…

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