Let’s say I walked into Goshen in 1450 B.C., four years before Moses arrived back in Egypt and said to the Israelites, “I have great news for you. God is going to deliver you out of your slavery and place you in a land filled with milk and honey. You will end up being one of the most prosperous nations of the world and will enjoy peace from all of your enemies.”
How do you think the Israelites would have reacted to my words?
They probably would have hoisted me onto their shoulders and carried me off to the local Do Drop Inn for pickled gefilte fish and cups of dandelion wine.
Now, let’s say the dandelion wine loosens my tongue and I proceed to tell them about their five hundred year journey to when the Temple is finished and King Solomon procures peace and prosperity for Israel. “All of you will die as rebels in the wilderness and curse the day you left Egypt. Your children will fight wars and suffer extreme sacrifices with many of them being killed by Philistines and other nations…”
I would probably not be able to speak much more than this before they tarred and feathered me and then rode me out of Egypt on a rail.
We believers of today – white, black, or whatever race – have much the same attitudes toward prophetic words. We love hearing about the end results, but hate learning that the journey will be filled with years of pain, sacrifice, and humbling by God until we become the people who fulfill the prophetic words.
Today, I prayed:
Lord, I pray that the inner cities of America desire to follow You, that they deny themselves, take up their crosses daily, and follow You into the divine destinies that You have planned for them. (Based on Luke 9:23)
What do you think and has the Lord spoken to you?
Join with me on Thursdays to fast and pray for America.