Could it be the spiritual famine is ending? The past couple of decades have appeared to be the end of religious faith having any impact in the United States. It was not that churches were not being attended, or that the government had found new ways of using their constant "separation of church and state" stance, or that the average family had ceased raising their children to have a faith at all. What it was, was that we as a nation forgot God entirely, it seemed.
"And Elijah said to Ahab, 'Go up, eat and drink, for there is the sound of abundance of rain." 1 Kings 18:41
"Be glad O people of Zion; rejoice in the Lord your God. For He has given you the autumn rains in righteousness. He sends you abundant showers both autumn and spring rains as before." Joel 2:23
Spiritually Dried Up
Where did this famine begin, or what caused it in the first place may have several answers. I won't try to deal with what caused it, but the results of this decades old starvation have become evident...even to non-Christians.
After 911 events, the major fear of most was the threat of Islamic terrorist's next move. People, at first, wanted a fight...kill the infidels! Islam was wanting to kill the infidels here too. But somewhere in the hatred, God began to melt the heart of many followers of Jesus. Those believers He did a heart transplant on began to pray for Muslims, and that God would subdue Islam.
God heard our prayer. Today, one of the greatest revivals is going on inside the Muslim faith. In their dreams, Jesus is showing up, reported by some of them, saying..."Come, follow me." And they are being doing so, en masse. One report I heard was that 250,000 came to Christ as the results of just one ministry that reaches the Al-Jezeera network. The imams are confused and angry.
Why doesn't God come to me in my dreams?
You and I have the Gospel 24/7, 365, and feel totally entitled, spiritually. We developed our version of the gospel that says, "we are Christian," that is until opposition comes, or God doesn't answer our prayers on time, so we get mad and quit praying, or believing altogether.
While we are busy figuring God out, how He works, why He does this or that, the latter rain is pouring in other nations, where thirsty people are drinking in His grace by faith. They are eagerly wanting just to know him, not figure Him out or accuse Him of not giving them everything they want. Strangely, 30,000 missionaries from other nations came to America in 2013, for the purpose of bringing US the gospel, because we are viewed as a nation needing conversion to the gospel. Wow.
God is sending us rain. He wants that rain restore us to Himself. I have had this sense lately, not a divine revelation or dream, but a real sense of God reaching out to America and Europe one more time. After seeing so many die from drug use and watching us chase after pleasure for so long, totally ignoring God, I nearly felt hopeless for our land. God will shed His grace on us again. I pray we don't reject it.
Thanks for reading, God bless and keep you all.