How Do We Respond To The “Emergency?”
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While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease. (Gen 8:22, KJV)
bird eating seeds, bugs
In this week’s devotional; I am going to be short, and to the point. I think sometimes that is a good idea. I do not want to cloud the issues at hand with a multiplicity of words that will instill fear, or confusion.
Sad to say, the Big Media pounding that we are all being subjected to does not see it the same. Many words, so many that the average person can’t even keep track of it all. But there is something very important to recognize here; and I want to go on public record as saying the following to clarify what should be the Christian’s general response.
One of the most worrying trends for me as I look at all the pronouncements being made about climate “emergency” is that the church, for the most part, is largely silent on the issue. With a few exceptions being the ones complicit in the fear based message. History shows how end of the world predictions have never once come true, nor has anyone ever been able to come up with a specific time frame for such a thing before, so our first question could be “why now?” Whats different about it this time?
The Bible tells us that the world will not be destroyed by climate “emergency” or from “wars and rumors of wars,” (see Mat 24), because that is not ever going to be something determined by sleight of human hands. The Bible gives the assurance that as long as the Earth remains, we will continue to have our seed times and harvests. I have never seen God go back on His Word yet, and this time will be no different.
In the time of the end, when God’s work in the earth is closing, the earnest efforts put forth by consecrated believers under the guidance of the Holy Spirit are to be accompanied by special tokens of divine favor. Under the figure of the early and the latter rain, that falls in Eastern lands at seed time and harvest, the Hebrew prophets foretold the bestowal of spiritual grace in extraordinary measure upon God’s church. The outpouring of the Spirit in the days of the apostles was the beginning of the early, or former, rain, and glorious was the result. To the end of time the presence of the Spirit is to abide with the true church.
But near the close of earth’s harvest, a special bestowal of spiritual grace is promised to prepare the church for the coming of the Son of man. This outpouring of the Spirit is likened to the falling of the latter rain; and it is for this added power that Christians are to send their petitions to the Lord of the harvest “in the time of the latter rain.” In response, “the Lord shall make bright clouds, and give them showers of rain.” “He will cause to come down . . . the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain,” Zechariah 10:1; Joel 2:23.
But unless the members of God’s church today have a living connection with the Source of all spiritual growth, they will not be ready for the time of reaping. Unless they keep their lamps trimmed and burning, they will fail of receiving added grace in times of special need.
For a time the good seed may lie unnoticed in the heart, giving no evidence that it has taken root; but afterward, as the Spirit of God breathes on the soul, the hidden seed springs up, and at last brings forth fruit. In our lifework we know not which shall prosper, this or that. This question it is not for us to settle.
“In the morning sow thy seed, and in the evening withhold not thine hand.” Ecclesiastes 11:6. God’s great covenant declares that “while the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest shall not cease.” Genesis 8:22.
In the confidence of this promise the husbandman tills and sows. Not less confidently are we, in the spiritual sowing, to labor, trusting His assurance: “So shall My word be that goeth forth out of My mouth: it shall not return unto Me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.” “He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.” Isaiah 55:11-12; Psalm 126:6.
The germination of the seed represents the beginning of spiritual life, and the development of the plant is a figure of the development of character. There can be no life without growth. The plant must either grow or die. As its growth is silent and imperceptible, but continuous, so is the growth of character. At every stage of development our life may be perfect; yet if God’s purpose for us is fulfilled, there will be constant advancement.
The plant grows by receiving that which God has provided to sustain its life. So spiritual growth is attained through co-operation with divine agencies. As the plant takes root in the soil, so we are to take root in Christ. As the plant receives the sunshine, the dew, and the rain, so are we to receive the Holy Spirit. If our hearts are stayed upon Christ, He will come unto us “as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth.” As the Sun of Righteousness, He will arise upon us “with healing in His wings.” We shall “grow as the lily.” We “shall revive as the corn, and grow as the vine.” Hosea 6:3; Malachi 4:2; Hosea 14:5, 7.
God’s Word “speaks expressly,” (1 Tim 4:1), that there will always be a way and a refuge; and it is up to each believer today to choose HOW we will respond to the clamor and the crises, which has much less to do with climate “emergency” than other developments around us:
“And he built his sanctuary like high palaces, like the earth which he hath established for ever.” (Psalms 78:69)