There is but one message that brings healing; one message that has the power to change a heart of stone into a heart of flesh; one message that has the power to save.
This message, brought by every true prophet of God, by John The Baptist, by Jesus Christ, and by all who have followed Him, is exactly the same:
“Turn away from your sin and turn to God— Repent and Believe.”
Yet over and over again, because that message was too simple, because people don’t want to surrender to the commands of God, it was ignored and rejected until there was no remedy and God ultimately brought the disaster which he had warned of.
In Matthew 23, Jesus, who was divinely aware of Jerusalem’s rebellion and what lay ahead for them, proclaimed to that city:
“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing!” ( Matt 23:37 )
Today, as we see calamity coming upon our cities, the call of God remains the same.
Now, how will we respond?
Will this be America’s finest hour, or her final hour?
Will we respond in repentance or rebellion?
Will we to turn to God, or will we turn to the gods of this world and seek solutions from the minds of men?
Will we be as Ninevah who repented at the preaching of Jonah, or will we be as Jerusalem which was destroyed because of its unwillingness to return to the Lord?
If you are desperate for a solution to what you see today, I leave you with the words of Peter as he addressed a crowd of Israelites at a place called Solomon’s Colonnade:
“…Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord…” ( Acts 3:19 )
Repent Believe Persevere