Some 13 or 14 years ago now, I was sleeping soundly, when I suddenly heard these words echo through my spirit with the resounding authority that only God can speak, “What is… is.” They came out of the blue. I hadn’t gone to bed with deep thoughts on my mind. The voice was just there. The words hanging in the air with resonating force. Nothing else. I knew… God wanted me to write.
The president who originally brought the word is into question was Bill Clinton. He was in a tight spot. Caught. His sin was laid bare before the world. Impeachment loomed. How would he answer the question? More importantly, how could he lie under oath without having to face the consequences for breaking the law?
Today, as I thought on this election, I realized that God was saying far more than I knew that day. He was telling me that the problem ran deeper than a presidential faux pas. Bill was only a reflection of what was happening in our nation. We were falling under the grey dome of deception. Truth was under attack. Our own president was playing fast and loose with the truth and now, decades later, we can clearly observe the division, the dishonesty, and the devastation deception has produced.
What is, no longer is in our nation. Rather, what we want is to be has become law.
The greatest power of deception is in its ability to deceive… until it’s too late.
“There is no there, there…”
We have come to a strange time in which words, rhetoric, and political correctness are being set into law. Facts no longer line up with Truth, which means that facts can be whatever we want them to be. Just check out the competing “fact-checking” sites we have available to us, today. A liberal fact can be different than a conservative fact because we have learned the power of rhetoric.
We have learned to question what is…
The foundation has been eroded.
The landmark has been moved.
Facts are no longer anchored by the Truth.
Believing in words without the power of Truth behind them is like printing money without an equivalent of gold reserves to back it up. Words, like paper money, keep us happy… until the consequences come due. Until inflation erodes the value of the money in your bank account and the cost of living becomes too expensive to bear. Until it gets personal.
Until what is catches up with what was never true to begin with.
We can believe whatever we want to believe, but we cannot control the consequences of believing what we want to believe.
What is… is.
Who deceived us into believing that is was open to interpretation?
Consider some observations about is:
“Forever O Lord, Your Word is settled in heaven,” Psalm 119:89.
Until Christ returns, the earth is going to rotate on its axis.
The sun is going to rise and after that the sun is going to set.
Rain is going to come…
Winter is going to follow Fall…
Summer is going to follow Spring.
Because the God Who Is, said so.
Whether we like it or not, we cannot change is.
The person who runs a stop sign is endangering lives.
Lying is wrong.
Racism is wicked.
Unforgiveness is toxic.
Abortion is murder.
Homosexuality is sin.
Sexual immorality is devastating.
No matter how much we may disagree, we cannot change is.
“Every word of God is tried and purified… Add not to His words lest He reprove you and you be found a liar,” Proverbs 30:5&6.
God is the landmark. The foundation for all Truth. The basis for all that is.
“I am the LORD, and I do not change. That is why you descendants of Jacob are not already destroyed,” Malachi 3:6.
“Your Word is Truth,” John 17:17.
No matter how loud we yell, how intimidating we may act, how convincingly we tell a lie, or what laws we pass, we cannot change is.
But that’s not to say that no human being has ever changed is.
“Then Joshua spoke to the Lord on the day when the Lord gave the Amorites over to the Israelites, and he said in the sight of Israel, ‘Sun, be silent and stand still at Gibeon, and you moon, in the Valley of Ajalon!’ And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed, until the nation took vengeance upon their enemies… There was no day like it before or since, when the Lord heeded the voice of a man,” Joshua 10:12-14.
Joshua… son of Nun… changed is.
Joshua changed is because he understood what is… is. “Moses My servant is dead… Be not afraid, neither be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go,” Joshua 1:2&9.
The nation was in crisis and “Joshua rose,” Joshua 3:1.
Joshua changed is because he cared more about the world his children would grow up in than his own comfort.
“A long time after that, when the Lord had given Israel rest from all her enemies round about, and Joshua had grown old and advanced in years, he called together all the elders, leaders, judges and officers of Israel… and said…it is the Lord your God Who has fought for you,” Joshua 23:3.
Our nation is in crisis…
We need men and women who know what is… is.
“…and day and night they never stop saying, Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty Who was and Who is and Who is to come,” Revelation 4:8.
God of Joshua… son of Nun… who changed is…
The God Who was and Who is and Who is to come can still change is.
“For the Word that God speaks is alive and full of power…” Hebrews 4:12.
What a tiny word ‘is’ is, but it can change everything. What we believe about is will determine our future.
In a perilous time, rife with spiritual contempt, persuasive lies, persistent fraud, and political anarchy, in a period in which God is mocked, truth is ridiculed, duplicity is revered, and treachery is worshiped, in an age in which ‘is’ is questioned and ambiguity is esteemed, in all of this God remains...
Today, our nation is in crisis.
Our Moses is dead.
And the call for a Joshua goes forth. May it be said that, “Those who Know God, rose to the occasion.”
Stand for truth. Pray for peace. Vote for righteousness.
And remind the world that ‘is’ never changes.