(027) Hearing God in the Global Chaos

2015 has been another year of global chaos and turmoil. From terror attacks in Paris and Beirut, drowned toddlers washed up on the Turkish coast, a devastating earthquake in Nepal, and the Syrian crisis spilling millions of desperate refugees into Europe, we’ve faced a constant stream of tragic and disturbing news.

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As Christians, how do we respond when we hear the nightly news? How do we relate from the positions of our comfy lounge-room chairs when we hear about the latest deadly attack? Most of us are not politicians, international diplomats or war strategists. We are just fellow humans who cry out to God when we hear the stories. So what is God saying to us in the midst of global chaos?

Just before Christmas, I spoke with John Peachey from Rhema’s Mornings Show in New Zealand. In this podcast, we talk about some of these important issues by looking at what God has already said. The first century church faced threats of persecution in their day not by terrorists, but by a brutal Roman empire. God’s words came then in the form of a series of symbolic visions via the Apostle John – a message that is still relevant to us in our time. You may never read the book of Revelation in the same way! Our conversation also brings it back to the state of our own hearts and what our response should be, even in the relative safety of the West. We pray it brings you hope and inspiration as well as some tangible strategies to how to respond when you hear the latest news. Here’s Hearing God’s voice in the Global Chaos!

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Comments

What has your response been the turmoil in our world today? We’d love to hear your thoughts here:

  • Charles Lenn

    Powerful podcast. Love hearing how God is revealing Isa (Jesus) to so many Muslims. I’ve befriended Muslims here locally. Praying for them and they know I’m praying for the real Jesus, not the one they have been taught, to reveal Himself to them. Something John said, though, made me think, “what?” Pray a blessing over terrorists? That would be equivalent, in my mind, for believers in the 40’s to be asked to pray blessings over Adolph Hitler and Nazism. I understand where John is coming from and from the comments. While loving our enemies, asking God to have a head on collision of grace with them, we also need to pray against the darkness and evil permeating our current culture. In America, especially, we are in desperately need for a third great awakening. That is our prayer!

    • Yes our prayers are very powerful, especially when they come from a place of grace! Evil crumbles in the face of love. Hard call, but Jesus was such a radical. Thanks for sharing Charles. These things are easy to say, but very hard to do!

  • Jo

    Thank you for visiting us in little old Gore Tania.
    Loved your podcast on Global Chaos.
    When ISIS first appeared on the news God showed me his love for them & I now feel the same as John at radio Rhema that we pray for their salvation. Prior to that I struggled to feel compassion for them.
    I love your wisdom Tania & Gods love shines through you.

    • Tania Harris

      Powerful testimony Jo. It’s a tough one but so important. Thanks so much for your encouragement!

  • Arulnathan John

    Loved the podcast. Keep up the outreach.

    • Tania Harris

      Thanks John!

  • Jacqui Conlon

    This is a conversation all Christians need to hear, and practice. Hearing what God has already said about persecution: love your enemies. Keep up the good work.

    • Tania Harris

      Thanks Jacqui – and may God give us the grace to do it!