Acting in Crisis Times
Then Zipporah took a sharp stone, and cut off the foreskin of her son, and cast it at his feet, and said, Surely a bloody husband art thou to me.
While on the way to Midian, the LORD appeared to Moses and sought to kill him because he failed to circumcise his son. Circumcision was a crucial covenant between God and the Hebrew people. Failure to follow this commandment was a grave offense. God wanted His people to be different from all the nations of the land, and circumcision was one way they were different from every other nation.
As the LORD sought to kill Moses, Zipporah quickly acted and circumcised her son. She loved her son, and Moses’ inaction nearly got his son killed. It was the quick-thinking action of Zipporah in this time of crisis that pleased the LORD. Had Zipporah not acted quickly in the time of crisis, we would have been reading about a funeral instead of God’s blessing for doing the right thing.
Oh, how we need people to act quickly to do right in our time of crisis. We are in a crisis time in this world. Let’s face it, we live in times when good has become evil, and evil has become good. We live in times when righteousness is considered offensive, but the abominable is considered the right thing to do. We live in times when evil is overlooked and doing right is prosecuted. We live in a crisis time, and in times of crisis, God’s people need to act instead of crumbling under the woke pressure to accept the abominable lifestyles of Sodomites. We need believers who are more like Zipporah, who acted in righteousness in a time of crisis, and not like Moses who stood in inaction. Let me share three things we ought to do in a time of crisis that can lead to turning the crisis into God’s miraculous power to save our nation.
First, do right in times of crisis. It is not enough to believe the right thing, but we are to do the right thing. It is not that we don't have people who believe right in our nation; it is that we have people who are silent in these crisis times. We cannot be silent and inactive in times of crisis because our silence and inaction causes evil to prevail. God’s people need to rise up and do the right thing. We cannot live in fear of what will happen if we do the right thing.
Second, pray in times of crisis. Prayer has always been a part of national change. Without prayer our nation will continue to see the crisis of abominable sins taking over our children and nation. 2 Chronicles 7:14 reminds us, If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. We can do the right thing all day, but without prayer the right thing has no power to change the status quo of wickedness in our land. Yes, you should do the right thing, but how much time have you spent in prayer begging God to turn the heart of the people toward righteousness? We will fail to stop the status quo of wickedness if we don't pray.
Third, attempt the miraculous in times of crisis. There is never a more fertile time for the miraculous and revival in a nation than in wicked times. God’s power is revealed the most in the darkest, most wicked days. My friend, we will never see the miraculous in dark days if we don't attempt it. God is looking to do the miraculous through someone in these dark days. Will you be that one?