As I was reading my Bible this morning, I became aware of the power of one person to change the heart of God. To alter the plan of what God was planning to do. It wasn’t the crowds of people who caused the change but rather one person who was willing to speak, to stand and declare what God had laid on that person’s heart.
I have heard many times that America needs to repent. The people need to turn back to God in order to save this world from destruction. So we wait for the citizens of this great nation to repent. We wait and we wait and we wait.
II Kings 22:1-2
Josiah was eight years old when he began to reign, and he reigned thirty and one years in Jerusalem. And his mother’s name was Jedidah, the daughter of Adaiah of Boscath.
2 And he did that which was right in the sight of the Lord, and walked in all the way of David his father, and turned not aside to the right hand or to the left.
It goes on to say that when he was 26 yrs. old he sent Shaphan, his secretary, to the high priest to collect the money that the people had given so that work on the temple could continue. When Shaphan gets there the high priest tells him he had found a book of the law and gave it to him. Shaphan reads the book and takes it to the king. He reads it to the king who upon hearing the words tore his clothes in anguish. He says:
II Kings 22: 13 Go ye, enquire of the Lord for me, and for the people, and for all Judah, concerning the words of this book that is found: for great is the wrath of the Lord that is kindled against us, because our fathers have not hearkened unto the words of this book, to do according unto all that which is written concerning us.
So the high priest, Shaphan and some others go to talk to Huldah the prophetess. She tells them that the Lord God was angry with the people and His wrath would not be stopped. But, since Josiah had rent his clothes, wept and humbled himself before the Lord, the evil would not be visited on the people while Josiah lived.
Then I thought about how Abraham pleaded with God for lives of those in Sodom and God agree with the bargain Abraham made. And then there is Jonah who even though he ran from what God wanted him to do at first, he came back and told the people what was going to happen to them. The entire city repented. The results were the lives of the entire city of Nineveh were saved. “The One” is powerful to God’s plan. We just need to listen and then act.
I think we need “The One” to stand up now. In early days, there was Billy Sunday, D.L. Moody, and Billy Graham. But where is “The One” for now, for this time? We do not need to wait for a great swell of people to repent (although that would be nice). We just need to listen to what God has been saying and then do it.
I am not saying the “The One” is a special, perfect, a role model of a believer. Jonah proved that theory wrong. I believe that, the person already knows what they are to do, to say, to be. Change is at hand. The time is now. Be like John the Baptist, the voice crying out the truth.
Is it you? Are you “The One” God is waiting for?