“For it is time for judgment to begin at the household of God; and if it begins with us, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God? (I Peter 4:17).
Hey Gang: Have you been asked the question, “Where were you when some significant even happened?” We had just arrived at the Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv, Israel when we learned that Donald Trump had been elected President of the United States. I will remember it well, for the remaining days on my tenure on this earth for I believe God said, “Now go for it!”
Soon after arriving, a young man, I would guess by his accent was from the Land of the Emerald Isle, recognized the stickers on our suitcases that we were bloks from the United States and asked, “Hey Yank, what did you think of the presidential election outcome.
When the conversation began, I sensed he was not a supporter of the conservative movement that is taking place in America. My answer was the same as that given on a number of occasions before: “I asked him a question, “If you were going through a very tough time in your life and you were given the option to stay with the same road you were on or a second unknown option that appeared that have some new ideas and a willingness to stand firm for those new ideas, what would you do?”
I sensed, as the conversation progressed and ended, I detected a wish in his eyes that perhaps the same thing could happen in his country that is also has issues. I admit that when I received the message the Donald Trump had won it was like a huge milestone had been removed from my shoulders. I really wanted to run and leap and praise God for the answered prayers of His people, but it is hard to do that in a bus.
One of his question that was of special interest to me was, “Why would you support a person you do not have a clue how he will rule and govern?” Again my answer, “Because I knew from history what the opposition candidate will do and how she would govern. Sometimes it is best to purchase a pig in a poke rather than one that is badly tarnished;” Note: I am calling our new President “a pig”.
As we met the incoming group of travelers that would be our companions for the next ten days, it was not difficult to determine who the winners and losers were. There was a brightness about the eyes of the winners.
As we headed for Jaffa, in route to Jerusalem for the first night of our tour, I spent that half hour thanking God for His mercy in withholding judgment from our nation. My prayers for the past months were centered on ‘His will be done’, and that ‘His will’ was that He would not give us the President we deserved but one that will not lean on his own understanding and will put his trust in Jehovah God.
My prayers have changed now. I believe with all my heart God answered the prayers of His people. I also believe that this is only the first step to restoring our nation to the creeds of the Founding Fathers. In the development of the Village the easy part was writing the mission statement; it was the implementing of the mission statement that was the blood and guts part of the growth process.
While Mr. Trump‘s political agenda is important, even critical, to achieving worthy goal in turning our nation in the right direction, Heaven’s priorities are truly the matters for which God’s reprieve has been so mercifully given.
Read the following words very carefully “Of course, the Church (all born again believers) should take this reprieve as a mandate to recapture moral ground-to roll back some of the social evils the Obama administration has brought forth-most through executive fiat. It is the very church which has, in my estimate, allowed this slide toward the moral abyss through her acquiescence.”
Hear me my friends!! Yes, I firmly believe that God has answered the prayers of His people- which should give His people the confidence and faith to not lay down the gauntlet now, but to increase our commitment to prayer and sharing the good news that Jesus Christ is still in control and will respond to the prayers of His people.
Place these words of John on your refrigerator door, bathroom mirror and rear view mirror of your car and pray them whenever you come in contact with them. “And this is the confidence that we have in Him, that, if we ask any thing according to His will, He hears us: And if we know that He hears us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desire of Him. (1 John 5:14-15).
P.S Bottom Line: this is not the time to stop praying.