“May you live in interesting times,” was once related to me as an ancient Hebrew curse. I don’t know if this is true or not, but we certainly do live in “interesting times.” We can look around us and see “men’s hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth….” (Luke 21:26). But that is not to be our response. We are not of this world, nor is our wisdom and provision to be from this world. Yes, we need food, shelter, clothing and other things, and yes, we do have to obtain these things from the world, or do we? Perhaps to an extent we do, yet, we are still not to look to the world to provide them.
If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. (Colossians3:1-3).
“Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. (Matthew 6:31-34.)
To the natural eye the current situation certainly looks bleak, the news is filled with bad news, dismal predictions, falling markets, financial woes, wars, rumors of wars, and disasters, both natural and man made. You do not have to listen for long for your natural mind to begin to become agitated and disturbed. Yet we are not to see with our natural minds, nor are we to allow ourselves to become fixed upon how things appear to be going in this world. Our focus rather is to be upon what the Lord is doing, and saying to His people. The answer is not in the world’s solutions, good though they may seem. The true answer will come from above, it will be a God given strategy, flowing from the throne, imbued with the wisdom of God. To the natural mind it may not make much sense. In fact it may seem foolish, but the Word tells us:
But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is rightly judged by no one. For “who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct Him?” But we have the mind of Christ. (2 Corinthians 2:14-16)
So let us endeavor then to neither look to the world’s wisdom or what they may say about things to come. Let us instead look to God and ask Him for revelation of what is to come, for provision to meet our needs, and His strategy to move forward. For too many years the Church, the Bride of Christ has fallen prey to the lie that she is not to interfere with the ruling of this world, that we should leave that to the professionals – politicians, business executives, economists, diplomats, professors, bureaucrats, and their like. But is that what we see in the Word? Who were the real movers and shakers? Was it the Sauls, or was it the Davids? Time and again we can see in the Word that the ones with real power and influence were not the rulers, the professional “leaders,” but those called and ordained by God. Saul and his army seeing Goliath with natural eyes perceived a giant and feared, David looked with God’s eyes and saw only an “uncircumcised Philistine” who had defied the one true God and was worthy only to be struck down and fed to the dogs. In 2 Kings 6, Elisha’s servant looked out and saw a hopeless situation. The Syrian army, the mightiest army of those times, surrounded them. Yet Elisha saw something different:
So he answered, Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” And Elisha prayed, and said, “Lord, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.” Then the Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw. And behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. (2 Kings 6 16-17)
Let us then pray and ask God to open our eyes to His divine strategy. Let us see the world and our situation with His eyes, and then speak forth what He is saying and walk in obedience to His commands.
Our position is not to be one of fear, or supplication. We are not to ask, or to beg, nor are we to be timid or tentative. We are instead to take our rightful positions as kings and priests, step forward and decree what of Father has spoken, standing in His authority and power and declaring His will and purpose in the land. A king does not ask, for even his requests become commands because of who he is. As it was said in times past, “Your wish is my command sire.” We ask of only one, the One True God. We ask His will and then we command that which He speaks to come to pass.
Do not look at what seems to be, do not look at your circumstances as they appear in the world, do not see as man sees, but see and hear with God’s eyes. Ask God what His plan is and how He sees circumstances. See with His eyes and act with His wisdom. He is our wisdom, He is our provision, and He is our protection. Let the world stress, rest in Him and let your light shine.
Arise, shine; For your light has come! And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you. For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, And deep darkness the people; But the Lord will arise over you, And His glory will be seen upon you The Gentiles shall come to your light, And kings to the brightness of your rising. (Isaiah 60: 1-3)