Days of Awe
by Chris Josephson
"Let the priests, the ministers of the LORD, weep between the porch and the altar, and let them say, Spare thou people, O LORD...to reproach" (Joel 2:17).
Judgment is upon our world! The pattern of repentance is set for us in the Jewish community, The "days of awe" are not only for Jews and Israel but for America and Christians - and to the ends of the earth.
In this Issue:
Ed Christiansen writes of the importance of the ten days of repentance between the Day of Trumpets (Rosh HaShanah) and Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement).
Often after a scandal is exposed, its "business as usual" - not just in the White House but in the church house. We often hear only the "forgive and forget" side of the proverbial coin. But the reality is there is a law of sowing and reaping. When we transgress we sow tares among wheat that go on growing till harvest time, and greatly effect the crop! If I sin - transgress Gods laws (I John 3:4), I have to make restitution;. I have to repent, which means, TURN AROUND; stop IT! "Go and sin no more!"
Elmer Josephson, in his article, "Is America Dying?", points to Gods laws-for-living by which we know the definition of sin. We have felt compelled to warn often in this publication that judgment is sure to come. We dont actually "break" Gods law, we break OURSELVES over it. Nor can we go on breaking our promises to Israel without incurring Gods chastening hand. The grace of God is that In wrath He remembers mercy (Mal 3:2).
John Stembridge in his article brings into parallel two "restorations" in an unusual allegory. During this time of washing dirty linen openly in our national halls of government, the Lords providence is manifested in restoring the true spirit of our national pastime - baseball! Ive sometimes felt like a little child getting an ice cream con to help in time of sickening disappointment.
"God is Sovereign" - thats the best tranquilizer you can get - and its free!
Call to Prayer
As the above Scripture admonishes "Let us weep," with hearts broken and spirits burdened with concern for the conditions in our world. Remember: wisdom is knowing how God is moving in the world and going with Him. We learn this by time alone in His Word and in His presence.