All through the Bible, we see times when God calls out to His people in their most difficult moments. He calls them to do something great. He called to Gideon while he was hiding in the winepress. He called to Moses from a bush that was on fire. He called Ruth to leave her country and go with Naomi to Israel. He called the three Hebrew boys to stand and not bow.
The last year or so has been extremely chaotic. Many of us are just trying to maintain and hold on. But God is calling us out of the chaos to arise. We as believers need to be more vigilant than ever in these trying times. It’s not about self-preservation anymore. It’s about full surrender. Jesus says, ‘deny yourself, pick up your cross and follow me.’ I am determined more than ever that God is getting ready to release an awakening like never before. I will not allow the chaos of the moment to cause me to be frozen in fear. More kids are getting removed from their homes because of abuse and neglect than ever before. Now is the time to advance, not retreat. The Bible says that for such a time as this. When we look at history, we see churches throughout Europe that were mostly silent while the Jews were persecuted, deported, and murdered by the Nazis. In their own best interests, churches, especially those in Nazi Germany, sought to act as institutions tend to do. It has become abundantly clear that [the Churches’] failure to respond to the horrific events...was not due to ignorance; they knew what was happening. Ultimately, the Churches’ lapses during the Nazi era were lapses of vision and determination.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a German Lutheran Pastor and theologian known for his opposition to National Socialism and the Nazis. Worried by a fear of being asked to take an oath to Hitler or be arrested, Bonhoeffer left Germany for the United States in June 1939. After less than two years, he returned to Germany because he felt guilty for seeking sanctuary and not having the courage to practice what he preached. Upon returning, Dietrich Bonhoeffer said the following:
“I have come to the conclusion that I made a mistake in coming to America. Christians in Germany will have to face the terrible alternative of either willing the defeat of their nation in order that Christian civilization may survive or willing the victory of their nation and thereby destroying civilization. I know which of their alternatives I must choose, but I cannot make that choice from security.”
God is calling us through the chaos to arise! Lord, may we walk in full surrender to your will… in our marriages, in our families, and our churches.
- Stephen and Sandra Hogue