“During those dark times, it was not safe to travel. Problems troubled the people of every land. Nation fought against nation, and city against city, for God was troubling them with every kind of problem. But as for you, be strong and courageous, for your work will be rewarded.”
2 Chronicles 15:5-7 NLT
What an amazing spectacle millions of Americans observed yesterday when we watched the solar eclipse. Someone reported that it got so dark in Nashville that the street lights came on. Things shift when it becomes too dark.
It has become dark in our country because our current leaders want to eclipse God. Anytime you are led by your EGO you are Eclipsing God Out. It’s amazing that right after the eclipse the President announced his intentions to go to war.
Here we are with conflict at home over idols of hate and we are supposed to rally together for a war in a foreign land? There are some things we’ve got to do at home before we can be successful abroad.
Asa, King of Judah, experienced some dark days. God had become eclipsed by the people’s decision to follow other gods so he set out for nationwide reform.
- It wasn’t safe to travel. When God is eclipsed by our ego it’s unsafe for some people to travel. When you can’t see with the light of God you issue travel bans that condemn the innocent with the guilty. In a country led by God fearing people it ought to be safe for everybody to travel.
- There will be conflict domestically and internationally. When God is eclipsed with our ego-driven leadership it always puts you in conflict with other people. We are in conflict over statues associated with hate and racism. We fight not against statues but against statutes that mistakingly suggest one race is superior to another. Instead we believe that all people are created equal under God!
- But as for you, be strong and courageous for your work will be rewarded. King Asa pulled down the statues and repaired the altar. We have to do the work! Faith without works is dead. We must pull down the monuments of hate and repair the altar of the Lord. It’s not enough to tear down the relics of a racist past if we are not repairing the altar of our relationships. “So if you are presenting a sacrifice at the altar in the Temple and you suddenly remember that someone has something against you, leave your sacrifice there at the altar. Go and be reconciled to that person. Then come and offer your sacrifice to God (Matthew 5:23-24).”
The solar eclipse is over but there is a spiritual eclipse still hanging over our country. We have to remove every idol from the land so that God will shine his face upon us again.
I wonder if the lighthouse will shine on us again. Father I’m reminded in your word that you have the ability to end the darkness. As it states in Psalm 37:5-6, “Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust him, and he will help you. He will make your innocence radiate like the dawn, and the justice of your cause will shine like the noonday sun.” Lord, light us up with the light of your Glory!
In Jesus’ Name,