I have to say that I’ve heard an inordinate amount of doom and gloom lately, mostly related to the economic prospects of an America that is over its head in debt. Of course, we’ve known that we were for decades, but the waking up that has at last begun seems to come with a great deal of uncertainty and dread about the future of the American dollar. I’ve been reading scenarios that sound like something out of the Book of Revelation.
The truth is that no one knows what the future holds for any nation on earth. What I do know is that we had better stop giving lip service to the idea of trusting God and start actually doing it. I can put up any number of verses to argue that our future is in the Lord’s hands, but we believers have gotten rather glib about that. I know we’ve gotten glib and insincere because of all the head-shaking and murmuring (and outright complaining) that goes on when an election doesn’t go the way we want or we don’t like a policy or law that has been put in place.
Faith is not passive. Faith is fierce. Faith refuses to be dismayed or intimidated by any dilemma or calamity that is hanging over our heads. Faith scorns to fear the unknown because Faith knows that God does not abandon His people. Period. And regardless of who holds office on any given year. I’ve heard people quote the verse in Psalm 11 that says, “If the foundations are destroyed, what will the righteous do?” This verse is usually used in the context of how we must fight for our “foundations” (moral, spiritual, political, whatever) because what will the righteous do if they’re gone?
THEY’LL TRUST A GOD WHO IS MIGHTY TO SAVE, THAT’S WHAT THEY’LL DO!
Would you like to read the context of that verse?
“I trust in the Lord for protection. So why do you say to me, “Fly like a bird to the mountains for safety! The wicked are stringing their bows and fitting their arrows on the bowstrings. They shoot from the shadows at those whose hearts are right. The foundations of law and order have collapsed. What can the righteous do?”
But the Lord is in his holy Temple; the Lord still rules from heaven. He watches everyone closely, examining every person on earth. The Lord examines both the righteous and the wicked. He hates those who love violence. He will rain down blazing coals and burning sulfur on the wicked, punishing them with scorching winds. For the righteous Lord loves justice. The virtuous will see his face.”
Psalms 11:1-7 (NLT)
Enough moping, enough fearing, enough sighing and groaning over the occasional incompetence of our (very) human political leaders. Is God on His throne or not? According to Jeremiah 17:12, “A glorious throne, set on high from the beginning, is the place of our sanctuary.” (ESV)
By all means, let us vote wisely and hold our leaders accountable after we elect them, but let’s also get our chins out of the mud. God appoints our times and seasons, and our years are in His hands. God is good to us, and let the redeemed of the Lord say so.