WHEN THE LORD RESTORES THE FORTUNES OF HIS PEOPLE
At this time when the world is moving at a dizzying pace and people are terrified of what might happen next, I have good news for you: the Lord is about to restore the losses of His people and cause them to surpass where they were before.
“And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpiller, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you.” – Joel 2:25 KJV
The overreaction of governments around the world and the politicisation of the COVID-19 pandemic ruined the livelihoods of many and non-populist economic policies threaten to finish off what is left for the average person. But God is bigger than elitist economic policies and ideological shifts that are savage to the wellbeing of ordinary people. He is bigger than natural disasters, enemy invasions and whatever we have suffered on a personal level. He is the Lord of all the earth and all power belongs to Him.
Why would God speak of restoring our fortunes now? I believe it is because He has work for us to do. The words of our Lord Jesus in John 4:35 that the fields are ripe for harvest were never more true than now. People are confused and browbeaten. Some are depressed and suicidal. They need to make sense of what is going on and learn how to cope. They need to see the possibility that they can flourish and assist others regardless of where they are now. What better way to bring them the foregoing than through preaching the gospel to them?
The gospel liberates and empowers. Knowing and serving the Lord imbues us with an irrepressible and triumphant spirit. When people wonder why we are not broken and petrified in the face of today’s uncertainties, we need to introduce them to the Lord Jesus. We need to ask them to repent of their sins and embrace Him as their Lord and Saviour.
God knows that we need resources to do this- face-to-face, through printed materials, broadcasting and the myriad of internet platforms out there. The world is censoring Conservative voices and will soon be targetting Christians with greater boldness even in Western democracies. We need our own platforms to proclaim the word of truth and bring as many as possible to the saving knowledge of Jesus while time remains. Besides, when ministering to the under privileged, we may need to alleviate some of their suffering with material gifts, medical assistance and educational programmes to equip them with skills to earn a living.
“15. Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. 16. If one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,’ but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it?” – James 2:15-16
I believe the Lord will do amazing things for His people at this time.
“When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dreamed. ” – Psalm 126:1
We just need to bear in mind that prosperity from God at this critical time in history is primarily for the purpose of financing His work, not for us to pursue pleasure, become complacent and indolent as the Israelites did during the reign of Jeroboam, the descendant of Jehu. That will earn us destruction with the world He has placed us here to help Him save (Amos 6:1-8).
Dear Lord, we pray for Your rain of surplus on us and our families. We pray, above other things, that we be bound to You with cords of love, listening to Your heartbeat and spending largely on the things that matter most to You.
Amen in Jesus’ name.
The scriptures used in this post are from the New International Version of the Holy Bible except where otherwise stated.
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