Feast or Famine #5. “Famine of Belief.”

Feast or Famine #5. “Famine of Belief.”

Each time Pharoah refused to let God’s people go, he was asking for another plague—God did not refuse him!

Egypt witnessed YHWH’s wrath first-hand. They were left in no doubt as to His complete power over all their pagan gods. None of these gods arose to contradict or negate His devastation over every aspect of Egyptian life. The super-power was brought to its knees by the God of their slaves.

By the Tenth Plague all of Egypt believed! They did not believe in YHWH, as they should have, instead they simply believed it best to bless Israel as they left Egypt; they wanted them gone! It was Pharaoh’s pride, stubbornness and greed that had led to the destruction of their land. Israel had arrived with little but left with much.

Christianity brought the world out of the horrors of paganism. It ushered in the belief that humanity was created by God and for God. Wherever Christ was preached around the world, Christians took education, medicine, laws and peace (to name a few things).

Although unpopular to say, it remains true, that those places where Christianity is unwelcome are not places that you would want to raise your kids. The only ones who will argue this point are those wealthy enough to keep themselves safe from the excesses of those non-Christian populations.

I cannot say with confidence that we are living in the twilight of Christian civilization. However, if the mistreatment of the unborn, the infirm, and the aged are any indication, it may be so.

Christians may indeed be living on the fumes of the glories of yesteryear. I know some mock at the talk of Christian persecution, but it is real, and it can spread like wildfire.

I am personally expecting a Christian revival, and I pray that I am right. Now, if that revival is preceded by harder times, then God’s will be done.

It is my prayer that it doesn’t come to the point where YHWH’s wrath is poured out upon the whole world because of its evil.

Let this be our cry and our mission: “The harvest is plentiful, but the labourers are few; therefore beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into His harvest” (Luke 10:2).

John Staiger

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