Everyone likes order. Order is the accurate arrangement of things. From the housewife having that sense of accomplishment after cleaning the house. To the salesman to who was able to close the deal because he had “all his ducks in a row”. To the computer programmer after toiling over thousands of lines of code seeing their program run correctly for the first time. We all enjoy the benefits of what proper order brings.
Why? Since God is a God of order and we as human beings are created in His image, so we too are inclined to gravitate toward that trait also. The interesting thing about God is that not only can you find order in everything He is. You can find order in everything He does also. One the aspects of God’s order is repentance. As I have stated many times here, if order flows from the top down, then repentance doesn’t flow from the bottom up. A case in point is “The Response”. A stadium gathering that was supposed to have a theme of repentance in Houston, TX. Let’s be clear about one thing, the attempt of repentance is not the issue. I am very glad to see something such as this to take place in America. However, it is the order that took place that I take exception to.
Rick Perry – The Governor of Texas was the keynote speaker. In his speech, he made a reference to Joel 2:17:
“Let the priests, the ministers of the LORD, weep between the porch and the altar, and let them say, Spare thy people, O LORD, and give not thine heritage to reproach, that the heathen should rule over them: wherefore should they say among the people, Where is their God”?
As nice as he is; as great of a politician that he is; the one thing he is not is a priest. So how can a non-priest invoke a priest to do their job? Its no different than a Pastor running for public office. Your calling and your election can’t be sure if you are confused about your identity. A Scriptural example of this is David. When he got the Ark of the Covenant back from the Philistines, he put it on a cart to bring it back to Jerusalem. When the ark was about to fall off the cart, Uzzah steadied it with his hand and God struck him dead (see II Samuel 6:7). Why? Uzzah had good intentions. Uzzah didn’t let the Ark fall. However, Uzzah was not a priest – the right man for that job. This is why order is critically important to God. It is in His order that blessings and protection flows. When His order is interrupted or stopped, so do the blessings and protection. So it should be no surprise to the Church of America why there seems to be no protection and the blessings have stopped. They have stopped because WE, not the world is out of order.
In contrast when David took the Ark to the house of of Obed-edom, Obed-edom’s house was blessed. This would leave people wondering, “Why would God kill one man for touching it, yet bless another man for possessing it”? The answer is that Obed-edom was not just a priest. He cam from a line of priests whose sole responsibility is to carry the Ark (see I Chronicles 26:4 and Numbers 4;15). So in essence the Ark – the presence of God, was in the right place, at the right time, with the right man. Because of this, Obed-edom’s house was blessed (see II Samuel 6:11).
If this was a gathering of priests first, to weep between the porch and the altar, I believe that God would not only stay His hand of protection over this nation, but the state of Texas would have gotten a double dose of rain – They would have been rained on and they would have been reigned in.