Prophecy doesn’t always have to come from Scripture; sometimes an old nursery rhyme, which came into my head last night, will suffice.
” Humpty Dumpty sat upon a wall,
Humpty Dumpty had a great Fall.
And all the king’s horses, and all the king’s men,
Couldn’t put Humpty together again “.
Jamaica in Trouble
My country is in big trouble. Serious trouble! With over 50 persons murdered since the start of the new year, and 1600 plus last year, my once relatively peaceful nation, has suffered a great Fall. And all our political leaders, on both sides of the fence, all our judges and lawyers and human rights activists, all our intellectuals, all our private sector leaders, all the leaders in civil society, all the police and soldiers, all the trained journalists, and the ‘ village ones’ on Twitter, can’t seem to get it right. To put Jamaica ” together again “!
The National Leadership Prayer Breakfast
So next week, as it has done for many years, at The National Leadership Prayer Breakfast, the Church, will, again, call the nation’s leaders, and members of the diplomatic corps, to pray to the Almighty God, for mercy.
David’s Act of Mercy
But, after I read about a great act of mercy……David and Jonathan’s son, Mephibosheth…..” Is there no one still left of the house of Saul to whom I can show God’s kindness?”……” what is your servant that you should notice a dead dog like me…….last night, this verse of Scripture came into my head:
” What is man that you are mindful of him,
the son of man that you care for him? Psalm 8:4
God’s Great Act of Mercy
So why should a Holy and Righteous God , The Holy and Immortal One, care about mankind? Why does He continue to show kindness to :
” We, all like sheep, have gone away,
each of us has turned to his own way”. Isaiah 53:6;
Why! Two reasons.
One is that, as revealed to us in Holy Scriptures, (not on Netflix, not on CNN, not YouTube, not on Facebook, not on Instagram or Telegram, where far too many people ‘ live and breathe and have their being ), God created us in His own image and likeness. And as the Psalmist continued:
” You make him ( man) over the works of your hands; you put everything under his feet”.
Two, is that like Humpty Dumpty, in the Garden of Eden, because of Adam’s disobedience, Sin entered and good and perfect world, and thus man suffered a ‘ Great Fall’.
Since then, the gates were opened, and all manner of wickedness and illness and disasters entered the hearts and bodies of mankind, and into creation itself!
Manifestations of The Fall
How else would you explain rape of old ladies, one’s own child, and rape as a weapon of war! How else would you explain not just murder, but murder most foul; a baby, a toddler, a pregnant women. A whole family. Good God!
How else would you explain the ravaging of a precious child, dear friend, a wonderful mother, by the unrelenting and insatiable growth of cancer cells. Or the devastation news of sudden death from a heart attack or stroke or Pulmonary Embolism!
How else would you explain the evil of racism and ” cry my beloved country ” in South Africa? And Fanon’s ” Wretched of the Earth”. A plague which divides countries and communities, and which evil continues to be stoked from surprisingly high places. #ElSalvador!
How else would you explain the devastation and loss of life caused by Ritcher Scale 7 earthquakes, Tsunamis, and Cat 5 Hurricanes!
How else would you explain the evil of The Holocaust, Transatlantic Slavery, Hiroshima, Rwanda, and the Killing Fields of Cambodia!
And all the great professors, philosophers, scientists, Roman soldiers and Greek poets, the Industrial Revolution, The Age of the Enlightenment, The Discovery of Nuclear Power, The Advances in Medicine and Technology, have never been able to restore man to Holiness again. To reconcile sinful man to God and to each other again.
But God! So loved the world that he gave his only son that whosoever believeth on Him, should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16. The most popular verse in the Bible!
This is the only basis, the only reason, why a nation like ours, which has ‘ gone it’s own way’, and is now reaping what we have ‘ sowed by disobedience’, can turn to a living Father in heaven, and ask for mercy.
Yesterday, I was led to write the following reflection. But was prevented from posting it on Facebook. Instead I showed it to s patient at work who was at wits end, on account of some pressing challenges. Having read it, she smile and nodded in agreement, as she is a child of God.
I pray God that others be similarly inspired to hold fast to a God, who in Christ, has proved himself faithful to those who trust Him. Even in dark places. And remember that ‘ other prisoners are listening to us, as we ‘ sing songs of praise’ to God, at The National Leadership Prayer Breakfast. Even in the midst of a Great Fall in our country.
WHERE DO YOU DWELL?
A Deeper Worship
Chris Tiegreen One Year Wonder of The Cross Devotional book
About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. Acts 16:25
What do you do when your hostile environment seems to get the best of you? If you are like most people, you fight back, lament your losses, or just get depressed. Not Paul and Silas. They sat in a dirty Phillipian jail in the dark of night singing hymns to God.
The reason they were in jail to begin with was because they were obedient to God…..
Where do you dwell? If you are easily swayed by your circumstances, your quality of life will be manipulated by the enemy of God. If you live at a deeper level than that, grounded in the Word of God and filled with His Spirit, your quality of life cannot be shaken.
Every situation will be an opportunity to worship, or at least to acknowledge the Sovereignty of the Father.
This is a crucial principle to grasp if you are going to maintain your sanity in a fallen world. You cannot live zealously for Jesus while living as a victim of circumstance.
You have to read in between the lines of your life and recognize both the enemy’s surface tactics and the underlying will of God. The spiritual war requires great focus – and ability to worship in dark places.
Then the Spirit of God brought two passages of Scripture to my mind:
1. Psalm 91…in which I have been led to spend quality time for years.
He that dwells in the secret place of the most high……
2. For you have been granted the privilege not only to believe on Him, but also to suffer with him ( the Christ).
Fallen world – of sin, and sickness…cancer even.. .. and attack from evil forces, of temptation, of family turmoil, of financial challenges, of murder most foul, and rape and mayhem, of corruption in high places, and of death so final.
Thank God for Jesus, in whom and through whom, and because of whom, we can worship in dark places. For we have learned, by obedience, and faith, to dwell in Him. And Him Crucified.