There is a biblical principle that teaches us first the natural then the spiritual. Natural occurrences can reflect what is happening in the spiritual world. Hurricane Sandy is an example of this right now. This is being called a perfect storm as a nor'easter is on a collision course with a hurricane.
This reflects the coming collision between an economic tsunami, a moral decline and the current political storm raging at this time. It is no surprise that Washington DC (seat of government), Maryland (1 of 3 states seeking same sex marriage) and New York (economic center) will all be affected by this very broad storm. It is displacing a lot of people as it moves them out of their homes and will cost billions in damage and lost revenue.
It is indicative of the number of people who are being affected by the moral, economic and political collision that is underway. Turning the direction of one, two or all three of these juggernauts will greatly reduce the destruction that will be experienced.
Another word we could use for this is "repentance." It is a change of thinking that leads to a change in action. Haggai and Jonah both provide a great example of how a people's sincere heart change can lead to a destructive judgment averted. Haggai does a great job of describing the economic judgment.
Hag 1:5-11 Now therefore, thus says the Lord of hosts: "Consider your ways! 6 "You have sown much, and bring in little;
You eat, but do not have enough; You drink, but you are not filled with drink; You clothe yourselves, but no one is warm; And he who earns wages, earns wages to put into a bag with holes." 7 Thus says the Lord of hosts: "Consider your ways! 8 Go up to the mountains and bring wood and build the temple, that I may take pleasure in it and be glorified," says the Lord. 9 "You looked for much, but indeed it came to little; and when you brought it home, I blew it away. Why?" says the Lord of hosts. "Because of My house that is in ruins, while every one of you runs to his own house. 10 Therefore the heavens above you withhold the dew, and the earth withholds its fruit. 11 For I called for a drought on the land and the mountains, on the grain and the new wine and the oil, on whatever the ground brings forth, on men and livestock, and on all the labor of your hands." NKJV
But when they changed their heart and repented and began to draw near to God He says in Haggai 2:19 "Is the seed still in the barn? As yet the vine, the fig tree, the pomegranate, and the olive tree have not yielded fruit. But from this day I will bless you.'"
The key is where you choose to position yourself.
Will You Position Yourself for Protection in Goshen?
Let us pray and act in faith. Taking a stand with action and speaking out on these issues is not only courageous but also compassionate; Especially if you believe what the bible says about how a land responds to a people who perform certain immoral acts (ie. Lev 18) this is the way to save a nation.
Prayer is essential. It is the first step. It lifts the veil so people can hear the truth without the truth being twisted by perversion and it provides a shelter from the storm. (Isa 4:3-6).
Do you remember how the Israelites were enslaved by Pharaoh in Egypt? Pharaoh's actions and policies (ie. decreee to kill all male children) launched the nation of Israel into a serious prayer campaign which led to the Lord sending them a Moses. Do you remember what Moses and God did? It led to plagues and judgments on the land that affected the people. The longer it went the more severe it got. The first three plagues affected everyone. But after that the Lord began to make a distinction between those who dwelt in Goshen and the Egyptians.
Goshen literally means "the place of drawing near."
How you weather this storm will depend upon where you position yourself. The decision is yours. Will you draw near to our Lord Jesus Christ, or will you draw away? Will you position yourself and your family for the protection, deliverance and provision like Israel enjoyed or will you experience the consequences of a wicked leader's decision like the Egyptians experienced? The very judgment they experienced (first born died) was actually determined by the judgment Pharaoh made to kill all the male Hebrew babies as they were born.
There are two lessons we can draw from this. First, who we have as a leader and the decisions they make can affect everyone for good or for bad. Who will you choose in this upcoming election? How will you stand for as it pertains to marriage or the perversion being proposed to altar the definition of marriage? Your decision is YOUR JUDGMENT.
The second lesson is we can draw near to God like King David and all of those in Zion did. As you "draw near" you will enter into your own special dwelling place in Goshen. It was a place God prepared for the Hebrews until He delivered them from bondage.
Where will your position yourself? Where do you want to be; in Egypt or in Goshen? It is your decision.