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I Think It Is Our Nature

By Pastor Keith
This morning as I was in my prayer and meditation time, I felt such heaviness in my spirit for those whom have been devastation in the last 24 hours. A Facebook friend, who is a pastor in Uganda, is asking for prayer because of the untimely death of a Brother in their church. Another need came from a friend of many years as she emailed a prayer request for her grandson. He was rushed to the ER in the wee hours of this morning with an elevated white blood cell count and the doctor's report of possible leukemia. Last night, like so many others, I watched my Twitter account, Facebook, and the news into the late hours until I got the "All is well, and everyone is accounted for" report from my family who lives south of Oklahoma City. The horrific tornado had not touched down close to them. In each set of circumstances there was a cry for someone to help...to pray...to care about a need and then there was a mighty band of folks who reached up and out to do just that!

This morning as I was in my prayer and meditation time, I felt such heaviness in my spirit for those whom have been devastation in the last 24 hours.

A Facebook friend, who is a pastor in Uganda, is asking for prayer because of the untimely death of a Brother in their church. Another need came from a friend of many years as she emailed a prayer request for her grandson. He was rushed to the ER in the wee hours of this morning with an elevated white blood cell count and the doctor's report of possible leukemia. Last night, like so many others, I watched my Twitter account, Facebook, and the news into the late hours until I got the "All is well, and everyone is accounted for" report from my family who lives south of Oklahoma City. The horrific tornado had not touched down close to them. In each set of circumstances there was a cry for someone to help...to pray...to care about a need and then there was a mighty band of folks who reached up and out to do just that!

Many people responded to the pastor on Facebook with written prayers, scriptures of promise and hope. I just now looked back on Facebook and the comments of prayers and comfort continue to pop up on the grandmothers Facebook page. In the aftermath of the tornado in Oklahoma, nine Bible believing churches opened their doors for a place of refuge to those in need along with the Red Cross, (I wonder, does any other country have anything like the Red Cross?). Help is rolling in from all parts of our country; Social Media is filled with prayers, offers of help and solace. Even our President assured assistance and offered prayers for the Oklahoma tornado victims on national news.

What does all this say to me? Why all the responses of care and concern? And most of all, what causes so many to either cry out for prayer, or respond in prayer? Why? I think it is because, that is our nature!

Even though America has been shaken to its core in these last few years, and evil runs free without cause to hide because of the lack of Godly leadership, there is still a core of men and women in America that have the nature of God within them. There is a foundation of people who walk in righteousness, and speak with integrity on a daily basis. This brings hope to those around them, so much so, that when they are in need where do they go, and who do they cry out to? Yes, this is the truth that is made clear on the battlefield so many times, and is so true today; there are no atheists in the foxhole.

What I am saying is just this, we are a righteous nation because the very cry of anyone who is need is not "somebody pray to this god, or that idol to help me", it is "Oh, Jesus, help me". And if you look, which houses of worship or congregations are the ones that immediately open their hearts and hands to help others in times of need?

It is always the same ones, those who believe in a loving Heavenly Father, because the nature of our God is that of Grace and Mercy, Help and Hope, Care and Concern. That my friend is what makes America Great! We stand with, and for each other in times of need without the ulterior motives of "what can I get out of this?". We do it because America is still a nation that loves God, and His nature shows up and out, in time of need.

Charles Spurgeon wrote this devotional entitled "There is corn in Egypt" over 120 years ago, and I think it still holds it truth today.

"Famine pinched all the nations, and it seemed inevitable that Jacob and his family should suffer great want; but the God of providence, who never forgets the objects of electing love, had stored a granary for His people by giving the Egyptians warning of the scarcity, and leading them to treasure up the grain of the years of plenty. (Genesis 42:2) Little did Jacob expect deliverance from Egypt, but there was the corn in store for him. Believer, though all things are apparently against thee, rest assured that God has made a reservation on thy behalf; in the roll of thy griefs there is a saving clause. Somehow He will deliver thee, and somewhere He will provide for thee. The quarter from which thy rescue shall arise may be a very unexpected one, but help will assuredly come in thine extremity, and thou shalt magnify the name of the Lord. If men do not feed thee, ravens shall; and if earth yield not wheat, heaven shall drop with manna. Therefore be of good courage, and rest quietly in the Lord. God can make the sun rise in the west if He pleases, and make the source of distress the channel of delight. The corn in Egypt was all in the hands of the beloved Joseph; he opened or closed the granaries at will. And so the riches of providence are all in the absolute power of our Lord Jesus, who will dispense them liberally to His people. Joseph was abundantly ready to succor his own family; and Jesus is unceasing in His faithful care for His brethren. Our business is to go after the help which is provided for us: we must not sit still in despondency, but bestir ourselves. Prayer will bear us soon into the presence of our royal Brother: once before His throne we have only to ask and have: His stores are not exhausted; there is corn still: His heart is not hard; He will give the corn to us. Lord, forgive our unbelief, and this evening constrains us to draw largely from Thy fullness and receive grace for grace."
 
I"m just saying...

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See you next time,

Pastor Keith
pastorkeith@touchstonesnetwork.org

"There is Corn in Egypt" by Charles Spurgeon 1834-1892   Used by Permission(from Spurgeon's Morning & Evening, May,21, 2013PC Study Bible formatted electronic database Copyright © 1999, 2003, 2006 by Biblesoft, Inc. All rights reserved.)

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