Anne Graham Lotz, the Eclipse and Repentance
Today is the day of the solar eclipse. What does that have to do with the persecuted church, you might ask?
Well, if Anne Graham Lotz is right, a lot.
In a recent post on her site, Lotz points to a passage in Joel about the darkening of the sun and impending judgment.
The sun will be turned to darkness…before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord. Joel 2:31
“A few years ago I was teaching through the book of Joel when the ancient words of his prophecy came up off the page. I knew with hair-raising certainty that God’s severe judgment was coming on America!” Lotz shares.
While this perspective is conjecture, and Lotz makes room for that in her post, she says whether or not it’s true, we know “without doubt this is the time for God’s people to get right with God. To repent of our own sin. To share the Gospel with our neighbors. And to pray that in the midst of His coming wrath, God would remember mercy (Habakkuk 3:2).”
I’m not one to confidently proclaim the fulfillment of Old Testament prophecies, but as Lotz points out, this natural solar eclipse—arranged by our Creator—is a good reminder to seek God in prayer and repentance.
For our own lives, our churches and our nation.
And, when you think about it, God often used natural events in Scripture to remind people of His power and to call them to return to Him.
Why not use this day to nail down our convictions to walk humbly with our God and to stand as ONE Church—and that includes all of our brothers and sisters who face persecution for our faith.
Why not use this day to remember those who are suffering, imprisoned and mistreated for their faith?
Our Father longs for us to stand as one. Jesus’ final prayer was for unity for future believers—for the Church. And the Holy Spirit lives within us, pointing us to the glory of Christ as one Body.
Why not use this day to step out of our individualized American faith to see what God is doing all over the world? And to enter that story more fully. To enter His story.
Whether this eclipse signals judgment for America is hard to say—who can know the mind of God?
But every day is the right day to humble ourselves before our mighty Creator, to seek His face and to stand with our suffering brothers and sisters through bold prayer.
Until He returns,