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Embedded in the fourth of five wisdom books in the Bible is a most profound statement that is applicable for our present circumstances. King Solomon writes, “there is nothing new under the sun.” (NKJV) These words do not seek to alarm or discredit any of our stories, as what we are experiencing is very real. However, this wisdom does allow us hope in the face of the most troublesome times. We have historical evidence that ‘this to shall past.’
Yet, two obvious questions exist related to those who endured and overcame the same set of circumstances, but in an earlier period of time. ‘How did they endure the circumstances, and how did they overcome them?’ The answer to both begin and end with one equally profound answer – PRAYER.
Praying involves sharing in conversation with God about those things that are of the will of God. Why else would be have dialogue unless all parties involved have both an interest in the matter and the ability to respond in kind. God provides understanding, compassion and an unyielding capacity to change circumstances, such as those we face today.
Well, another question begs an answer. ‘If these same circumstances existed before, and God delivered the people, why are WE here again?’ This answer is not so simple. But does it matter as much as the solution?
All thoughout history it has been the people’s cries against personal and community and world injustice that have resulted in the tearing down of oppression. The moans and wailing of physical pain have been met with medical, physical and psychological advancement. Even the internal whispers of the lost and drifting have led to places of stability and growth.
The words of prayer, the cries, moans and wailing, and the whispers are what we must engage now, so that our children will have a World to inherit. The perils we face can leave the heart, mind and soul in places of despair. But, God. If we call on God, then the people will be set free.