I watched the movie “The Book Thief”, which was about a girl in the middle of WWII who discovers the immeasurable value of words. And I considered Prophesy. Prophesy is words. Were there no prophecies to warn the people about that war? Why did 6 million Jews and 10 million Christians die when our God of Miracles was very much alive? What did the people miss? And what’s to keep us from missing it again?
Then Father reminded me that escape from any catastrophe comes in believing and those who don’t believe find little opportunity for escape. He reminded me of the hundreds of stories from that era. They were stories of people who smuggled others out of Nazi Germany at risk of their own safety. And stories of those who escaped in miraculous ways. There were a million miracles during that time. Therefore, I concluded, there were a million believers.
Now switching my thoughts to today and the advancement of the Kingdom, I considered the widespread doomsday messages we have been preaching for the last century. And I wondered if our own mouths caused those wars and if we might be creating another, even more, disastrous one?
For progressive Kingdom believers, counteracting these words might look like an overwhelming task. Speaking life everywhere we go in a world who believes in impending disaster might appear daunting. But we must if we are to undo the damage already done.
So, we tackle the job one person at a time, healing 1 at Wal-Mart, delivering 2 at McDonald’s, encouraging and praying for everyone who will receive it.
And I wonder when and how we will turn this tide. The Apostle Paul said he knew how to live abounding or abased. And like him, we will continue our course whether the world prospers or war envelopes us. But still, I wonder what the Spirit will do differently this time. This is a new era. The old has passed away. And so, I look at what is being done differently, something that has never been done before.
I found a different movement reaching out from inside a few believers. One that calls people to get moving, get involved, and get planted in key positions of political, social and artistic arenas so we can make a difference from the inside out.
Another movement is the push – to WRITE. There were piles of books burned during WWII. And books and writing are Words. God is Word. Word is creative. It is the changing force that made the world and everything we see.
So, it seems that we should write as much and as often as possible. People who write tend to change the course of history. Words are the key.
But whether you write, or whether you speak, your story must be told. You are a witness to the goodness and the miracles of our God. And that is the Good News we must share.
Our world needs hope. And we carry it inside us.