The wicked are estranged from the womb; They go astray as soon as they are born, speaking lies. Their poison is like the poison of a serpent; They are like the deaf cobra that stops its ear, Which will not heed the voice of charmers, Charming ever so skillfully. ~ Psalm 58:3-5
We drew our cue for this week’s Prayer & Fast Wednesday from two separate incidents. The six-hour standoff that took place in Putman County last weekend that seems to have been mis-reported as a “Red-Flag” event, and the recent suspension of a NY Dept. of Corrections employee at an upstate prison in Franklin County…for being an Oath Keeper. The distrust, deception, and betrayal among men today is no different than that found between Saul and David, culminating in 1 Samuel 19:18-24 as Oswald Chambers connected me to our yesterdays and today with his “The Commitment of Faith” message, “Let not your heart be troubled.” All of which guided me here…if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14
As these events were unfolding in the East, our brother in the West was drawn to the “Between Two Ages” element of Romans 5:18,19 Then as one man’s (Adam) trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one man’s (Jesus) act of righteousness leads to acquittal and life for all men. For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by one man’s obedience many will be made righteous…totally unaware that we in the East would be hosting Constitutional scholar Dr. Jerome Huyler of Between Two Ages the very next evening. As Dr. Huyler points out, our Founders designed our three-cylinder engine of governance to run on the fuel of Judeo-Christian truths, principles, and values. The author of Locke in America: The Moral Philosophy of the Founding Era, explains how we’ve devolved from the ultimate drive to a Progressive Pinto lemon named Adam’s Trespass, which of course we are forced to buy because no one in their right mind would ever want one. And it only gets worse I’m afraid…
We’ve become like lost children who’ve turned to a life of robbing banks and otherwise selling ourselves, totally unaware of the long-lost relative who’s passed away and left us a fortune. The Word of God, as found in the Holy Bible is the most reliable trail of breadcrumbs a totally blind Hanzel and Gretyl could have followed…We are a perpetual re-cycling of the same old human nature story; wash, rinse, spin, repeat. Chambers tells us in his “Commitment of Faith”, In the Cross our Lord deals with everything that keeps a man’s heart disturbed. Yet sadly, we grow more and more disturbed looking everywhere else…despite what the flowing river of happy, smiley Facebook posts might otherwise suggest. Facebook, for all its modern pleasures, is the greatest “head-fake-we-give-ourselves” ever devised. And far worse…it’s power to distract leads us in the opposite direction, and away from our own salvation.
Un-distracted, we’re left blessed to pay attention to things that matter…such as those important to every seaman not so long ago; Red sky at night, a sailor’s delight. Red sky at morning, sailors take warning. This week’s P&F focus connects some very important dots between the ages, from Adam to Saul to David to Solomon…to Jesus. The tug-of-war between condemnation/death, and acquittal/life, wages on in each of us whether we consciously accept it, or not. Modern medicine has a whole dictionary of diagnoses for those who refuse to accept…and just the right pill for coping.
So, what’s going on? The abuser in any and all relationships is always the one with power, right? Well, the same dark power that corrupted Eden, turned Saul against David, was discerned by Solomon, and seized our Lord at Gethsemane, oversees the correctional facilities in Franklin, and oversees the law enforcement community in Putnam…as well as most things of the modern world that we have grown to accept, and even become attached to. Its why no one can tell us to this day why 58 innocent kids were massacred in Las Vegas on October 1, 2017.
And why the Christian father who “seeks to save with the good news of the gospel”, also laments the “many Christians today, especially in the northeast where we often feel more outnumbered than ever before, struggle with having confidence in their beliefs.”
The Holy Spirit has been given; Jesus has been glorified; now the waiting depends upon our fitness, not upon God’s providence. The reception of the Holy Spirit in His fullness depends entirely upon moral preparation. ~ Oswald Chambers, The Promise of the Highest
As we prepare for entering the Warrior stage in Eldredge’s Fathered by God this Thursday, it strikes perfectly in my heart and mind, that David’s actions reflected his belief and…his faith, which goes beyond belief to the sacred place of trust…in His Promise…the seed of our hope. I spent my day after Thanksgiving in Brooklyn recording three more songs which puts me a little more than half way through my third album, When the World Turns Around. One of the songs is Friend o’ Mine which I originally recorded in 2004 on Gone Wishin’…makes so much more sense to me now. As I realize I am less of the artist, and more of His simple reed…
Friend o’ mine, oh Friend o’ mine, life is a river that flows through time. Tomorrow’s the story we write today. Hope is a promise that never fades…away.
Join us in Dallas on July 31- Aug 1 for Promise Keepers 2020