I had a dream about God the Father that helped me understand three things God wants us to have for the days ahead.
In the dream, I was like a child, and all around me was a sea of people. The sea of people represented the world, and they were moving in a mass of noisy confusion. As a little boy in the crowd, I couldn't see what was happening because of all the people around me who were taller than I was. I couldn't hear what was going on because of all the chattering voices.
Suddenly, I saw an image of the Father picking me up and putting me on His shoulders. He lifted me above the sea of people where I could now see and hear clearly what was going on. I was being carried safely on Daddy's shoulders, with an elevated view of everything around me.
This is the Father-heart of God. We live in a world of confusion and chaos, with voices clamoring all around us. And just like a child lost in the middle of a crowd, it's easy to become afraid and feel like you don't know what is going on. But our Father wants to lift us up upon His shoulders where we are safe, and where we can see with a new perspective and hear His voice above all the other noise.
As I reflected on this dream, I knew it held lessons for God's people. And I want to share with you three things I believe God wants you to have to be victorious even in the midst of shaking.
These three things are perspective, peace and purpose.
1. Perspective: An Elevated View – The first thing the Father did in my dream was to lift up the little child upon His shoulders. What was the result? The child had a new perspective, an elevated view.
In Psalm 61:1-2, David prayed, "Hear my cry, O God, attend to my prayer. From the end of the earth I will cry to You; when my heart faints. Lead me to the rock that is higher than I." What do we need when we are overwhelmed? We need to go to the rock that is higher than we are, where we can see above the confusion and the chaos and get a heavenly perspective.
Without the proper vision, we will perish (Prov. 29:18). We need to be a prophetic people who understand the times we live in. We cannot afford to prophesy frivolous things when God is trying to show us the fire on the horizon. We must see the bigger picture.
How do you get this prophetic vision and revelation that comes from above? How do you get the understanding and insight you need for the days to come? You need an encounter with the Father. He alone can give us the perspective we need to stand in the days to come. Call out to Him, "Lead me to the rock that is higher than I."
2. Peace: Safe on His Shoulders – In His final days on earth, Jesus spoke at great lengths to His followers about the days to come. In John 16:33, He told them, "I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But be of good cheer. I have overcome the world."
As long as we live on this earth, we will have trouble. There will be days of shaking ahead. But the voice of Jesus gives us peace! He wants us to know that even though there is trouble all around us, we belong to the one who has overcome the world. We are His children, and He wants to carry us on His shoulders.
Peace is something we all need. When catastrophes strike, we need peace. When the economy fails, we need peace. When we face an uncertain future, we need peace. When everyone around us is fearful, we need peace. Jesus said in Luke 21 that men's hearts would fail them from fear and expectation of the things that were coming on the earth. Fear, anxiety, stress and sorrow will overcome many. But for those who know their Father, who are lifted up and carried in His arms, there is nothing to fear.
3. Purpose: An Occasion for our Testimony – We live in a world literally being shaken off its axis. There are tsunamis, earthquakes, hurricanes and economic and political uncertainties all around us. In the chaos and confusion, it's easy to be overwhelmed. It's easy to feel like you don't know what to do. But the Father is saying to us, "Shhh. Quiet your heart. Be still and know that I am God" (Ps. 46:10). He picks us up, puts us on His shoulders and says, "Look around. This is the big picture. Get my perspective and my vision. Look clearly at the days in which you live."
"But it will turn out as an occasion for your testimony" (Luke 21:13, NKJV).
God's intention in lifting us upon His shoulders is not just to give us peace and comfort. It's not just to give us a better view of things. God is infinitely interested in the billions of souls hanging in the balance. He cares for those who are being shaken and who don't know that they have a Father who cares for them. And He is looking for His people to stand in the gap for those who are perishing.
The book of Numbers tells the account of a terrible earthquake. In Numbers 16, we find out that the sons of Korah rose up against Moses and Aaron and sinned against the Lord. Because of this, the Lord caused the ground to shake and to open up. The earth swallowed the sons of Korah, and a plague broke out against the people.
Moses and Aaron could have easily stood back and watched. They could have said, "Well, they're just getting what they deserve." But instead, Moses instructed Aaron to take his censer, which represents intercession, and to make atonement for the people. Verse 48 tells us that Aaron "stood between the living and the dead, and the plague stopped."
When disaster strikes and the earth shakes, how do we respond? Are we a people who will intercede for those who are perishing? Or do we stand back and say, "They're just getting what they deserve."
Psalm 60:2 (MEV) says, "You have made the earth tremble; you have split it open; heal its breaches, for it shook." It is the Lord who is bringing a shaking to the earth. He is establishing his unshakable kingdom and bringing judgment to every structure man has built that is not on the right foundation. But even though the Lord is bringing the shaking, we are still called to be intercessors standing between the living and the dead. Let us cry out for those who are perishing: "You have made the earth tremble, Lord. Now heal its breaches! Bring life to those hanging in the balance, whose foundations have crumbled."
People are suffering all around us. They are suffering from disaster and disease. They are suffering economically, emotionally and spiritually. They need you. They need me. They need those who have an answer to their problems. They need those who have peace in the shaking.
Our purpose to share the Good News of the kingdom is part of what the shaking is all about. Romans 8:22 says that all of creation is groaning. Why is it groaning? Romans 8:19 tells us. The earth is waiting for the sons of God to be revealed! When everything around us is shaking, our moment to arise has come!
Your neighbors, your colleagues, your family members, your community, your nation, they're all waiting for you to share the answer you have. Romans 8:21 says creation is waiting to be delivered from the bondage of decay into the glorious liberty of the children of God. You and I were made for such a time as this.
Don't get lost in the chaos and confusion. Don't be overcome by fear. Let the Father lift you up on His shoulders and show you the sea of people, the people all around you who need to know of the unshakeable kingdom that is coming soon. Receive His perspective, His vision and His revelation. Receive His peace, knowing you are safe in His arms. And be stirred by His purpose, to rise up and let Christ be revealed in you.
Note: Although this is extrapolated from an article by Doug Stringer that was published in March 2010, our prayer is that it will be of help and encouragement to you during the current global coronavirus and other concerns.
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