The Macedonian Cliff
Although there are appearances of a recovery, our national economic condition is broken and in a place of stress and crisis. There are intense talks and much media coverage, concerning the fiscal cliff. Some might ask, “What specifically is the fiscal cliff?” Through a lens of deception, sometimes it is by designed that political terms and policies are presented as vague and ambiguous. Sounds like the prophetic manifestation of Revelation 6:6. The fiscal cliff rhetoric consists of focused discussions connected to the end and beginning of tax cuts, tax breaks, and governmental spending restrictions. How this economic condition is handled will determine futuristic financial stability on a national level. Through it all, political parties are at war, the elephant and the donkey each blaming each other. Stewardship requires some form of financial literacy on a national level, but God is still Sovereign and Lord.
Despite the fiscal cliff, all Christians need to be concerned about their personal Macedonian Cliff. For the purpose of growth, God has or will walk you to the edge of the cliff of your life and circumstances and push you over the edge. He will push you into your destiny, wrestling you out of your comfort zone. As previously discussed, remember the stirring of the Israel nest by the mighty hand of God. In that moment, He is checking your faith. God caught Paul on the road to Damascus. It was a terrifying wakeup call for Saul, who later became Paul through conversion. “And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest, 2 And desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any of this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem. 3 And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven: 4 And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? 5 And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks. 6 And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do” (Acts 9:1-6).
In testing and trial, God will uproot you from the nest. “As an eagle stirreth up her nest, fluttereth over her young, spreadeth abroad her wings, taketh them, beareth them on her wings: 12 So the Lord alone did lead him, and there was no strange god with him” (Deuteronomy 32:11-12).
You can prepare for the fiscal cliff and crisis, but the true goal is to prepare for your Macedonian cliff. God is checking your faith, dedication, and love for Him. Will you embrace the trial with courageous faith, or will you retreat in fear and cowardice? Saul was initially afraid in his Macedonian experience, but is fright soon turned into reverence and obedience. What is your spiritual cliff and what will you do when God nudges you off the edge? He will not forsake you, but He does want to see you fly. Remember, you are the clay In the Potter’s Hands. God has paved a way to save and comfort you today!