Congress has voted and the president has signed legislation that gives Americans an economic stimulus. Checks of $1200 per person and $500 for each child were promised three weeks after the legislation was signed. Many people are waiting, anticipating this economic stimulus from the government that will bring needed aid during this crisis.
While the money will help many families, we need something more than an economic stimulus from the government. We need a spiritual stimulus from God. Perhaps God is trying to get our attention through this crisis. On several occasions throughout biblical history God rocked the world and the nation of Israel with some sort of judgment. He broke the stubborn resistance of Pharaoh with a series of 10 plagues unleashed upon Egypt to set His people free. He caused the nation of Israel to wander in the wilderness for 40 years to teach them to trust Him for their daily needs. He put a rebellious prophet named Jonah in the belly of a great fish until he repented. He also got the attention of King David through a courageous prophet named Nathan.
Our nation and the church of Jesus Christ is in desperate need of a spiritual stimulus. We need a revival. We need an awakening. Perhaps we as Christians need to learn not to trust in the false gods of the stock market and our 401K’s. We must repent as we have made idols of our sports, our jobs, our freedoms, and our social gatherings. We as a nation need to repent of our national sins of greed, arrogance, and self-importance. Perhaps God is fed up with our devaluing of human life with the national sin of abortion. Maybe He has had enough of our lying, cheating, and adultery and fornication.
I remember during the 911 tragedy that many people sought God for a while, but turned again to their olds ways. Let’s pray and turn our hearts to seeking Him during this crisis. Let’s wait on Almighty God for our much needed spiritual stimulus.