In the midst of lamentation, through every situation, in every generation, and over every idol nation, God is on His thrown. No matter how out of control things become, in your life, in your school, in your place of work, in your community, in your nation, or in the world, remember that God only allows lamentations to come to shake us awake, to call us to pray, to cause us to look up and remember that He is there, that He is our hope and if we will but remember Him, believe in Him, turn to Him, and call upon Him, everything will change.
“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” – 2 Chronicles 7:14
Let’s face the reality of this sad truth (at least for most people). When things are good, God is not so real to us as when they are not. It is true that He is near to the broken and heareth the contrite because the desperation of their situation causes them to prioritize and cease to minimize their communion with God. Desperate people in desperate situations are desperate to get through to God and will lay aside all pride, vanity, preconceived notions, religiosities, and distraction and just cry out to God. What if we didn’t wait till we were in dire straights to allow the desperation of our situation to cause this activation of faith? What if we just “choose” to humble ourselves and do it now. No matter how it feels. No matter what people think. No matter what others say. Choose to remember how real He is, how present He is, how He longs to hear from you, to see you have the faith to start crying out for the things that are pleasing to Him in both your own heart and in the world around you, before it comes to chaos.
Most will not do this, this is why tribulations come upon the church and the world alike, because God is waiting for His people to pray, to believe in Him enough to show it in their actions, to love Him enough to want to obey and draw closer to Him, and to love others enough to intercede on their behalf. Then and only then will He act.
Yet their are always those few who don’t wait to be humbled, they are willing to humble themselves. These are they who believe in Him enough as a real living present and powerful God to desire to draw close and get to know Him. They choose to spend time with Him, to speak to Him and hear from Him in prayer and in His Word. They don’t just love the idea of Him, they fall in love with Him. They get to know Him personally and these are the ones that He places His trust in when all else is falling apart.
These faithful few already know their God and His voice, and another they will not follow. Therefor does He position them in advance of the storm to show forth great exploits unto the building of faith and the glory of God to lead others through it. Because, you see, while in the midst of chaos when others are just coming to terms with the fact that God is still on the thrown, these precious humbled souls don’t just know that God is on the thrown, they know the God who is on that thrown, and in the end, that makes all the difference.
“… but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits. And they that understand among the people shall instruct many:…” – Daniel 11:32-33
“Blow the trumpet in Zion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly: Gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the elders, gather the children, and those that suck the breasts: let the bridegroom go forth of his chamber, and the bride out of her closet. Let the priests, the ministers of the Lord, weep between the porch and the altar, and let them say, Spare thy people, O Lord, and give not thine heritage to reproach, that the heathen should rule over them: wherefore should they say among the people, Where is their God? Then will the Lord be jealous for his land, and pity his people. Yea, the Lord will answer and say unto his people, Behold, I will send you corn, and wine, and oil, and ye shall be satisfied therewith: and I will no more make you a reproach among the heathen:” – Joel 2:15-19