This period of ‘waiting on the Lord’ has made me to reflect a lot more not just on myself and my walk with the Lord but the ‘church, the body of Christ as a whole and the state of our country. We live in a country, and in this part of the world where many do not fear God. Many live in a life of circles. You wake up each day: go through the routine – eat, work/school, home, eat. sleep: we all work so hard pursuing our dreams or working to put food on the table. If care is not taken, the things of God will be left behind or suffer. I say this because after work, one can be so worn out and mostly can’t even read their Bible or pray before going to bed.
For many, the excitement of working from home during this lockdown, began to die down as work began to intensify as if nothing has changed. The same seems to be the case for some students. Teachers keep piling homework on their students as if nothing has changed or the students has nothing to do.
The question I ask is, do people see a shift in the atmosphere? There is such a shaking all over the world yet, the attitude of many is still the same – as if nothing has happened. Life is still normal, and business is as usual for many. This is the time to pause, reflect and ask the question – is the creator of the universe trying to tell us something? What happens after death? There is famine locust in many parts of the world, yet still the message is not sinking in.
At the same time some countries around the world organised National Day of Prayer been declared by their presidents. Is our country ready and waiting to cry unto the Lord for mercy? Many churches, Christians and individuals have been praying for the country.
Many lives have been lost all over the world yet, the nation has not turned to God for solution. People are counting days and looking forward for the ban to be lifted completely so they can party again and go about their normal duties. This should actually be a period of reflecting on all that has been happening and repent. Crying out to God for mercy.
It reminds me of the story of Noah where Noah was preaching, asking the people to repent. They laughed at Noah, continued to live their normal life until the day the floods came and only Noah and his family were saved. (Genesis 5)
Acts 8:22 22 Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee.
As a child of God, what is your priority? What is the priority of the body of Christ? What is the priority of the country? My prayer is that as we continue to cry unto the Lord for mercy, He will turn the hearts of our leaders and country to Himself.
Let us daily in our own time draw closer to God and continue to cry to the Lord for mercy. 14 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.
15 Now mine eyes shall be open, and mine ears attent unto the prayer that is made in this place. 2 Chronicles 7:14-15
Written by Pastor Lydia Riley-Poku