1 Chronicles 12:32 And of the children of Issachar, which were men that had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do; the heads of them were two hundred; and all their brethren were at their commandment.
Why were all their brethren at their commandment?
Because they knew what Israel had to do.
They had understanding of the times.
This is crucial.
These days we often hear of the "signs of the times". But the signs cannot be understood unless we first understand the times.
The tribe of Issachar was the only tribe that understood the times in which they were living.
We should pray to be like the tribe of Issachar. We should ask God to show us His perpective on current events. Clear perspective will lead to clear purpose on what God would have us do.
What are the times in which we are living?
Aren't the times like the Days of Noah? like the Days of Lot? like the Laodicean Church?
What was common to these? Obsession with eating, drinking, "free" sex, money, possessions, prosperity.
These were all consumerist societies.
Today our churches have fallen in line with the consumerist mentality of the times. And these churches think they are rich!
Where it once shaped desires, the church now merely satisfies them.
Where it once dispensed spiritual counsel, it now offers up mere therapy
Jesus has another evaluation that would shock these churches.