Hope for Fear

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When we don’t know who to believe, we desperately need to hear from the One Who says, “I am the Truth” (John 14:6). When we don’t know how to best respond, we need to know personally the One Who says, “I am the Way.” When we are afraid of our future, we need to see the Face of the One Who says, “I am the Life.” 

In my simplicity, this One recently gave me a visual illustration of Himself during an early morning rainfall. As I watched droplets trickle steadily off the roof, Isaiah 45:8 caught my eye. “Drip down, O heavens, from above, and let the clouds pour down righteousness.” As never before, I could visualize each drop full to the brim with the goodness of His character. Peace washed over me, and I spent the next several minutes, saturated in His goodness.

This experience wasn’t the outcome of religious duty or a special incident attainable only to regular church-goers. Without any personal worthiness or merit, God decided to speak that day in a way I could understand. 

Imagine the heavens drenching you with a restoration of how your life should have been all along. How quickly we would rush outdoors for this type of soaking. His kingdom would come and His will be accomplished as we overflowed with refreshment. How our country needs this right now. His shower would wash away all fear and uncertainty from hearts, homes, and neighborhoods. The Presence of the Lord causes the heavens to drop a rain of righteousness (Psalm 68:8). The clouds just can’t help it.

As I contrasted the peaceful drizzle that day with the violent chaos in our nation, Hosea’s prophecy came to mind. “It is time to seek the Lord until He comes to rain righteousness on you” (Hosea 10:12). Indeed, “The Lord longs to be gracious to (us), and therefore He waits on high to have compassion on (us)” (Isaiah 30:18). It’s time we begin to ask the heavens to saturate us.

Across our nation, many thirsty hearts are already asking for rain. Prayers for revival are ascending to the throne room from every corner of our vast land. Despite the inky darkness of fear, hatred, and chaos, He promises to “pour water upon him that is thirsty and floods upon the dry ground” (Isaiah 44:3). 

I’m glad that desperation is the best prerequisite for earnest prayer. I’m in anguish, but am encouraged to know that every great revival springs forth from deep darkness as God’s people cry to Him. May the desperation around us drive us to desperate prayer. 

“Holy Father,

How we need the rain of Your righteousness on our land. All around us, we encounter lawlessness stimulated by a lack of love for our fellow man (Matthew 24:12). If we focus on the news, indeed, all is hopeless.

But then, there is You. In control of all governments and rulers, You have dominion over both the seen and unseen elements of our society (Isaiah 9:6;1 Chronicles 29:11). You decide what happens, both in the heavens and on the earth, for there is nothing or no one above Your power (Daniel 4:35; 1 Kings 8:23). You pierce through the skies with majesty and ride the heavens eager to help us (Deuteronomy 33:26). Yes, there is none like You (Jeremiah 10:7). 

And despite Your majesty, Your greatness, and Your supremacy, You are our Father, Who won’t forget us (Isaiah 49:15). You have tattooed our joys and woes upon the tender palm of Your Hand (Isaiah 49:16). So, we boldly come into Your Presence, asking that You send the revival rain of Your rightness upon our world (Hebrews 4:16; Psalm 68:8).

Thank You that despite our parched and dry condition, You are readying us for a plentiful rain (Psalm 68:9). Continue an unquenchable thirst within us until You establish us as a praise on the earth (Isaiah 62:6-7). Bring about justice for this land as we purpose to cry day and night unto You. O Lord, find us faithful (Luke 18:7-8). In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”