But when they said, “Give us a king to lead us,” this displeased Samuel; so he prayed to the LORD. And the LORD told him: “Listen to all that the people are saying to you; it is not you they have rejected, but they have rejected Me as their King. As they have done from the day I brought them up out of Egypt until this day, forsaking Me and serving other gods, so they are doing to you. Now listen to them; but warn them solemnly and let them know what the king who will reign over them will do.” 1 Samuel 7:6-9
We have asked God for a king — and a king He has given us.
I am really hesitant to say what I’m about to say. But for those who have ears to hear, hear what I’m about to say — and take it immediately to God. If it lines up with your spirit, ask God for wisdom and direction. And if not, please feel free to reject it. I am certainly not saying “thus says the LORD”… I am simply saying what is and has been weighing heavily on my heart.
I have really gotten into politics this year. No matter which side you’re from, you know that there was a lot hinged on this election. Morally, more than anything. And a few weeks ago, I was especially stirred up. There are certain issues that I disagreed with Senator Obama on, but they were issues I could overlook (healthcare, his economic agenda). Abortion was not one of those areas. I could not overlook it. 50 million lives. They cannot be justified in any way, shape or form. So, I decided to speak up. And several of you wordpressers with liberal views received a visit from me on your blog. And though I tried to be polite, I wasn’t one bit compassionate towards your views. I told you a thing or two. And I’m certain you didn’t like it. You told me so. And after many exciting exchanges between us, God spoke to me one morning while I was driving to work.
He said, “What are you doing?” And I confidently replied, “I’m helping these people to see the truth.” He replied, “I know. Stop.”
The next few minutes of my drive to work were mostly silent. I felt a heaviness rest on my heart. He didn’t say anything yet, but I could feel it – a sadness for this country. So much so, that tears started forming in my eyes. Finally, I couldn’t resist asking: “It’s going to get bad, isn’t it?” He nodded. The heaviness became more weighty and I could feel that dreadful lump forming in my throat. I wanted to bawl — not just for myself, but for my country, your country, our country. I could tell He was sad too — infinitely more than I was.
One week later, I lost my job. And through it all, I remained pretty well composed — I had no fear and still have no fear about it. I know that losing my job wasn’t what He was preparing me for. It’s something yet to come.
Times are going to change. America has been so great and so strong for decades, but we have turned against Him. If you have known me, or even read this blog, for any length of time, you know that I am extremely optimistic — even to a fault (if there is one). I believe that God is good 100% of the time and that He always causes us to walk in triumph (that’s what His Word says). I have not once, that I can remember, ever prophesied gloom and doom over anything or anyone. My mindset is: Mercy triumphs over judgment. And I still hold to all of these things. But I cannot shake off this heaviness. I cannot rid my mind of what He told me. And I actually don’t think that things changing will be solely a result of Barack Obama being our president-elect; though I do think he will intensify things. Barack Obama is going to be my President; I respect him and have already started to pray for him. I wish no ill-will towards him personally or any of his family — or his presidency, in general. But I do think he is going to make decisions that will open our country up to attack from the enemy.
So…. what do we do? I feel God nudging me to do the following:
- Get your house in order. In other words, be wise. Especially financially. Get things in order. Be ready for anything. Really, we should always live like this. But if you never have before, now is a really good time to start.
- Pray. Pray without ceasing. Pray for our country. Pray for our President. Pray for loved ones — especially for those who do know Jesus Christ as their LORD and Savior.
- Come back to your first love, Jesus. If you’ve gone astray and your heart has chased after other lovers, now is the time to repent and come back to Him. Forsake all other distractions and get back to Him. Don’t wait. Don’t hesitate. Do it quickly. Make Him your refuge. Know His promises. Get to a place with Him where you know that you could be entirely sufficient in Him and Him alone.
That’s it. That’s all I have to say. And may I just say: This is not the blog I wanted to write tonight? I wanted to come on here and say: “The election is over. Let’s pray for Barack Obama, but I’m tired of talking about it… so let’s not.” I wanted to write of intimacy with God, of His promises, of going deeper in His heart, falling more in love with Him. I wanted to write about anything that didn’t have anything at all to do with the election or politics. But instead, I felt strongly that I should write this. Again, please do NOT, in anyway, take this as a “thus says the LORD”. Ask Him for yourself. If He doesn’t say this to you, first double-check and make sure you’re listening, and when you do, if He still doesn’t say anything about this… dismiss it. Really. I’m not God. Neither am I a prophet. I didn’t hear God’s audible voice. The heaven’s didn’t open. I didn’t see 10 visions that were confirmed by 12 people that also had 10 visions. I’m just a girl that felt God speak to her. Nevertheless, draw close to God. Do not delay. The time is short. Seek God while He may be found. His arms are outstretched for you. He loves you. In Him, we never need to have fear – even in times like this. He will never leave us. He will never forsake us. In Him, you are protected. You are safe. Make Him your refuge.