2022: Could This Be The Year?

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Most Americans would probably agree that the past 2 years have been filled with more worries, anxieties and fears than previous years. For most people the word “dark” paints a pretty accurate picture of 2020 and 2021. So what about 2022-?

I am not a prophet and I have not received a specific, genuine “word from the LORD.” However, I do believe that there is a verse in the Bible that may hold a truth that could possibly connect to 2022.

After the fall on humanity, recorded in Genesis 3, we are not given much information concerning the next 235 years on earth. The little information about that time is recorded in Genesis 4 and it paints a very “dark” picture.

It begins bright as day when Adam and Eve had 2 sons and both of them were worshiping and sacrificing to the LORD. What parent could ask for more? But then “darkness” devours the brightness when Cain fumed in anger against God for denying his sacrifice. Then he refused God’s offer of repentance and was so enslaved by his anger that he murdered Abel. “Darkness” ruled the day. The rest of Genesis 4 simply lists Cain’s punishment and his descendants. The days and times were bleak.

But then the sun rises in humanity in Genesis 4:25-26: 25 And Adam knew his wife again, and she bore a son and called his name Seth, for she said, “God has appointed for me another offspring instead of Abel, for Cain killed him.” 26 To Seth also a son was born, and he called his name Enosh. At that time people began to call upon the name of the Lord.

235 years following the fall of humanity and after enduring decades of the “dark” influences of Cain and his descendants, “people began to call upon the name of the Lord.” Why? Because Seth followed a far different life path than Cain and the fruit of that difference was “people began to call upon the name of the Lord.”

Here is the point of this article: Could 2022 be such a year when “people begin to call upon the name of the Lord?”

Is it possible for the “dark” days and struggles of 2020 and 2021 to vanish from our daily memories and for 2022 to become a year when “people begin to call upon the name of the Lord?” I believe it could be. Notice it doesn’t say that one person began to call on the name of the LORD; it says “people”, many people.

Notice one more thing. Since our country burst on to the scene in 1776, 246 years have passed; very near the same number of years of darkness from Creation to the birth of Seth’s son Enosh, when everything changed and “people began to call upon the name of the Lord?”

So how will 2022 be that year? For 2022 to be the year that the life course of people changed, 2 things must happen. 1- God must move more in the lives of people, and 2- You and I must truly be God’s hands and feet.

God’s move in the lives of people will be through that Holy Spirit, stirring up a hunger for truth and righteousness in them. That is something you and I cannot do. But who will deliver the food to satisfy that hunger? God could, but usually He won’t. Why? Because He yearns for us to be a part of what He wants to do in the lives of those people. Our part? Live a daily life as a true follower of God’s Son, Jesus Christ, and share with anyone who will listen what Jesus has done for us.

God will most definitely do His part if we ask Him to. The only other variable rests inside each of us: Will we do our part in allowing 2022 to be the year when darkness was pushed to the side and “people began to call upon the name of the Lord?” If we each passionately pursue being a true disciple of Christ and if we ask God to move more in the lives of the people we know, 2022 just might be tagged: “At that time people began to call upon the name of the Lord.”

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