I’ve been trying to sort my thoughts over all that is going on in the world, and specifically in the USA – the lack of leadership from the presidential office, the divisiveness and racism he exudes, the wrongful murder of George Floyd by a white police man, the pandemic, economic uncertainty, killer hornets, locusts invasions in Africa…and I feel a sense of awe to be living in this time when God is actively rendering His judgment on the earth, on the USA.
He’s been playing his trump card in this poker game of life and He wins.
He always wins (Revelation 22).
Ours is to be still and know that He is God (Psalm 46:10).
He ordains who is in office and what happens (Daniel 2:21).
We can rest like a weaned child against His breast (Psalm 131).
And no matter what happens, He is always with us (Matthew 28:20).
He never leaves (John 14:18-21).
Now is the call for the endurance of the saints (Revelation 13:10; 14:12).
To think that all these events could be leading to the day when we see Jesus return excites me, just to be honest. It also puts me in deep prayer for loved ones, for this country, for the world. Such unrest and unsettled times.
But this is not time to give in to anxiety and fear. This is the time to work out one’s own salvation with fear and trembling (Philippians 2:12). This is the time to pursue peace (1 Peter 3:11), to have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind (1 Peter 3 : 8). This is not the time to repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary to bless, for this is what we were called to (1 Peter 3: 9).
And, as Steve Green reminds us in his song, Rest, the Lord is near, refuse to fear, enjoy His love.
No matter what is happening, seek first God and His Kingdom – pursue His way – and He will grant peace.