A Covenant to Seek the Lord in Troubling Times

Pastor David Cannistraci


May the Lord answer you in the day of trouble!  Psalm 20:1


This last Sunday, GateWay’s San Jose campus was alive with a prophetic sense that it is time to seek the Lord as never before.  The Lord had impressed me early Sunday morning that with just 90 days until the election, these are pivotal times.  Then I saw that for the next 180 days,  as our new president will be sworn in, that America is entering a tumultuous era and a spiritual tipping point.  I could only share with our elders, pastors and church: It is time to seek the Lord.


Troubling times are surely here. 

Since late June, nearly every day has carried forward an unbroken series of events we could never have imagined: Terror in Istanbul, Nice and Germany, reports of senseless violence against innocent black young men, vengeful murders, politicians falling into disgrace, and nations in crisis.  Many families are in crisis as well.  We keep waiting for a breather so we can process all these events and our unsettled emotions, but the events keep piling up quicker than we can cope. I have a feeling this could continue and even escalate.


I am not afraid.  I am determined to seek the Lord and encourage you to do the same.


Troubling times are times to seek the Lord.  When we as people of faith finally realize we can’t depend on politicians and human solutions, it leaves us in a really stable place.  Looking to man is bound to disappoint us.  Whether you are voting red or blue, when election day arrives, we will still desperately need God no matter what the outcome.  Trusting in chariots and armies is a fools game. I’m glad there is still a God in heaven who hears and answers prayer.


As wise king named Asa found himself in troubling times.  A prophet came and made sure he knew something: 


The Lord is with you when you are with him. If you seek him, he will be found by you, but if you forsake him, he will forsake you. For a long time Israel was without the true God, without a priest to teach and without the law. But in their distress they turned to the Lord, the God of Israel, and sought him, and he was found by them.
In those days it was not safe to travel about, for all the inhabitants of the lands were in great turmoil. One nation was being crushed by another and one city by another, because God was troubling them with every kind of distress.  But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded.” (2 Chronicles 15:2-7) 


Asa wisely made a covenant to seek the Lord.  Everyone followed, and the Lord protected them as a nation.


The promise in this passage is that we can seek Him and find Him in troubling times. 


I call upon all our people on all three GateWay campuses: Let us seek the Lord as never before.  I call on my friends in the city and my friends across the nation: Let us lead our people to God over the next 90 days.  I call on all my international friends: Make a covenant.  Call a time of prayer and seeking God.  Let’s believe that He is with us and He will answer us in the day of trouble.