A question that is permeating my mind right now is whether or not God has a plan for South Africa. Is it in the workings of God to have plans for nations and people or has He left every nation to fend for itself? I am asking this because of all the shenagenians that have taking place in my country lately. We are constantly making international news for all the wrong reasons. Is there a plan or we going to continue to fumble from one tragedy to the next?
When talking to some believers I get the feeling they do not believe that there is a plan or if they accept that there is one then they perhaps believe that we have long since derailed from it. The commentary from some Christians regarding the state of the nation is not dissimilar to that which emanate from the world. They make the same sound that unbelievers are making. They predict doom and gloom and all kinds of catastrophes.
‘Believers should not talk like this’
There’s one country that is often used as a scarecrow regarding the trajectory our country is taking and that country is Zimbabwe. I hear a lot of talk that this country is going on the way of Zimbabwe or other failed African states. I understand when this type of pessimism comes from unbelievers but believers should not talk like this. The reason being is that we are a prophetic people and should always be informed by God’s prophetic word.
He has a word for this country and that word does not include us imploding like other failed countries in Africa. By the way there are many other failed countries in the world but the African continent is a favorite place to point when making references to failure. It is like we have invented the word “failure.” My point is that the prophetic utterances given about this country include the fact that we would be the light for the continent and the world.
I know that we do not see that now but this is why it is a prophetic language. It refers to the future and not to the present. Many people did not see that in 1994 we would transition into a new dispensation without civil war. I know we are discouraged by what is going on but we should remind ourselves that God does not operate in the realm of negativity but in positivity. We have to be optimistic despite the many blunders of our current government.
We have to remind ourselves that our heavenly government is not prone to such misdemeanors as our current civil government. You know there is one thing that the Bible constantly enjoins us not to do and that is not to fear. I mean you hear this theme throughout the Bible – “do not fear.” God seldom says this in the absence of danger but in the presence of it. We must reject fear and all that accompanies it and this includes fear-filled words, thoughts and actions.
At 3am on February the 13th this year I had a break-in in my home. I woke up to find an intruder in my study with two others standing outside. He had gained entrance by throwing a rock through the window and then passed on to his accomplices whatever valuable things he could get his hands on. This included a laptop and a tablet computer. These people were organised and carried torches with them. After they escaped I drove after them but I and even the security company could not find a trace of them.
After this incident I became more security conscious and that in itself is not a bad thing. The only bad thing is when I felt I was becoming a bit paranoid and my reliance on God had waned. I felt invaded and this was not even the first time I had experienced such a thing but I should not have felt powerless. I am as powerful now as I was when those three wicked people broke into our home. My power does not lie the circumstances I face but in the God who possess all power.
I know about the crime stats of this country but I believe a time will come when we shall know peace again. I believe God will have the last word and that word will be according to the plan He has for us. Our politics and social sphere may make us uncertain but we should refuse to ride the wave of uncertainty.