SPIRIT OF STUPOR
Rom. 11:8-10 Just as it is written:
“God has given them a spirit of stupor,
Eyes that they should not see
And ears that they should not hear,
To this very day.” ¶ And David says:
“Let their table become a snare and a trap,
A stumbling block and a recompense to them.
Let their eyes be darkened, so that they do not see,
I don’t consider myself political, as a matter of fact I didn’t make any public statements or endorsements in the recent presidential election. As a pastor, I do feel compelled to share my observations about the election from a spiritual perspective. To be quite honest, I am shocked at the deterioration of our nation. I am surprised at the division in our country and also surprised at the lack of moral courage. The reelection of Barrack Obama came as quite a surprise to me. His positions on so many topics are far from anything that is remotely familiar to our heritage. The three that come immediately to mind are these: his support of marriage between members of the same sex, his support of abortions, and his distancing himself from the nation of Israel. Any one of these positions would eliminate him from receiving my support. For him to take such radical, secular positions is something beyond anything I expected to see in my lifetime. I was shocked to see the people of America support him and his positions. Obviously our nation has changed. The morning after the election I went for a walk. Immediately The Lord began to speak to me today’s verse from Romans. The Lord has blinded the people in our country because of the hardness of their hearts. Here is a quote from Adam Clarke explaining this verse.
“God hath given them the spirit of slumber – As they had willfully closed their eyes against the light, so God has, in judgment, given them up to the spirit of slumber. The very word and revelation of God, which should have awakened their consciences, and opened their eyes and ears, have had a very different effect; and because they did not receive the truth in the love thereof, that which would otherwise have been the savor of life unto life, has become the savor of death unto death; and this continues to the present day.”
Actually, I thank God for the results of the recent election. Maybe now, as the people of God, we will realize how fragile and vulnerable we are. Maybe this will spur us to pray, to call upon The Lord. When these types of seasons happen it can actually be a source of great encouragement. The light is much more obvious in the midst of darkness. This gives us a great opportunity to be “lights in the midst of darkness”. I have come to the conclusion that I am not of this world. My hope is not in this world, my love is not in this world, and my life is not in this world. Lord, send revival and restoration to our land, visit us once again.