The passing of the seasons reminds us of the passing of time. And it brings me to some lines from Jeremiah the prophet in chapter 8 and verse 20 (NKJV): “The harvest is past. The summer is ended. And we are not saved!” With great concern Jeremiah is grieving over God’s chosen people, the Israelites, who are missing Jehovah’s will and not respecting God’s timing for their obedience.
We can be sure that the prophet uttered these three sentences of lamen-tation very prayerfully and in a crying out to God for an awakening of His people before it was too late. Knowing that the judgment of God was closing in, Jeremiah is interceding with a hope that it is not too late for divine intervention. Then, In chapter 9 we find the burdened prophet weeping before God, crying out for the kind of spiritual awakening that many of us are praying for concerning the 21st century church here in America.
As a student of Old Testament prophets, it is my opinion that Jeremiah has often been widely misunderstood. All too often he has been known as the man with the despondent face and weeping eyes. He’s been written off by many Bible readers as a temperamental and neurotic personality, a misfit, and a bungling preacher who should have developed a better psychological approach to the problems of his day.
But, I’m here to say that I believe this view of the prophet can only come from a superficial reading of his messages. Yes, Jeremiah deserves to be called “the weeping prophet.” But our New Testament tells us that “Jesus wept!” And we note that both Jesus and Jeremiah were prophets of hope. Jesus accomplished His earthly mission of salvation with perfect obedience to our Heavenly Father. If we study Jeremiah closely, we will realize that he finally brought a greater hope for salvation for Israel than any of the other prophets.
It is important for Christians in our 21st century of the church to catch Jeremiah’s warning to the people of God that there are seasons and times for everything. In the apostle Paul’s writings in II Corinthians 6:2 (KJV), we read: “behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.” It is absolutely essential that farmers pay attention to the seasons. They know that in the springtime they must prepare the soil for planting. Later on, there must be a working of the soil—irrigation, weeding, and protective measures. But, after the season of growing and maturing, there comes a time for harvest. I’ve know a few farmers who lost their crops because they waited too long for the harvest.
Every soul should feel the importance of eternal matters, such as the salvation of their soul, their devotion to eternal values, and their choices in the way they live their lives. By paying attention to the truth of the Word of God, learning to pray according to the will of God, and seeking first the kingdom of God and righteousness, they can make certain they are ready for the coming of Christ, whether He comes for them in death or in the Second Coming.
As to our present season of the church age—and we are still in it—if we believe the signs Jesus gave us describing the nearing of the end, we know the hour is late. The apostle Paul expressed it in Romans 13:11-14 (KJV), “. . . knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light. Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.”
In a day when the church is at its weakest and the world is at its greatest wickedness, what else can we do as believers but comply with God’s promise that “If my people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” (II Chronicles 7:14, KJV)
The hour is late, but since God keeps His promises and is not willing that any perish, we can do no greater thing than take seriously this promise from the Word of God and expect the greatest rending of the Heavens that has been seen in all the history of the church! Don’t we know that God is able to send the kind of revival that will prepare both His church and the world for the coming of Christ?
Closing Prayer: O, God, give millions of Your professing believers an ear to hear Your call to sacrificial prayer and fasting for the greatest revival in all the history of Your church. In every state, in every community, and in every denomi-nation, may this call find a response and allow us to see your glory fill America even as the waters cover the sea! We pray this in Jesus’ Name, Amen.
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Rev. Jim and Shirley Tharp’s Fall and Winter Schedule
- Saturday Morning Prayer Group: From 10 am to 12 noon, Pastor Tharp leads a prayer meeting, interceding for revival and a great spiritual awakening. We are meeting upstairs at 724 Glider Lane, Belgrade, MT. If you are in the area, you are welcome to join with us for intercessory prayer.
- Sunday from 9:00-9:30 AM Mountain Time: Every Sunday, Pastor Jim Tharp broadcasts a sermon over 99.1 FM on his program, A Call to Prayer, which is heard in several counties of Montana. These weekly broadcasts are now posted on our website, www.crmin.org, so that everyone worldwide can listen to them.
- School of Prayer, November 4-7, 2018—At Danforth Chapel, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT: Begins on Sunday, November 4, 4-6pm; continues Monday, November 5, 7-9pm through Wednesday, November 7, 7-9pm. (This is being hosted by Heirs of Love Campus Fellowship at MSU.)
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