“Trust in the LORD, and do good; Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness. Delight yourself also in the LORD, And He shall give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD, Trust also in Him, And He shall bring it to pass. He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light, And your justice as the noonday. Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for Him; Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, Because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass. Cease from anger, and forsake wrath; Do not fret— it only causes harm. For evildoers shall be cut off; But those who wait on the LORD, They shall inherit the earth.”
Psalms 37:3-9 NKJV
There are days when I wonder if the wicked will ever be judged. I see the economic inequality, I see the poor and needy being ignored, I see the oppressed of all kinds, oppressed further. Then there is the decline of the morals across the human spectrum.
I find myself easily distracted and taking my eyes off the One who will make all things right. I then become depressed, and distracted, and I am robbed of my joy. Then I remember: The Lord is not unaware of the machinations of men. He will do what He will do when He comes to judge the world.
I spent some time in Psalm 37 this morning, which seemed fitting on this eve of transition in the United States. I was reminded where my attention needs to be, and I was reminded of the true desire of my heart. I am called to trust in the Lord, to seek Him in times of uncertainty. He has never let me down, ever. He has been faithful.
The wicked have an appointment with judgement. For most, it is that moment when eternity calls and they die, for others it will be the coming of the Lord Jesus to earth to rule with a rod of iron. Those not found in the Lamb’s book of life will find their eternal abode in the lake of everlasting fire.
My attention must be on the things that the Lord has saved me to do: proclaim the Gospel, share the word of God, build up other believers, and encourage the saints. As I busy myself on those things, I find that peace fills me, and I am able to survive another day. No matter the loss I may suffer, His faithfulness is enough for me to rejoice.
“Though the fig tree may not blossom, Nor fruit be on the vines; Though the labor of the olive may fail, And the fields yield no food; Though the flock may be cut off from the fold, And there be no herd in the stalls— Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation. The LORD God is my strength; He will make my feet like deer’s feet, And He will make me walk on my high hills.”
Habakkuk 3:17-19 NKJV
Brothers and sisters, the Lord is for us. No matter what your flesh may be saying to you, let the word of God be your guide. The flesh is easily deceived and cannot be counted upon, but the word of God is unchanging.
Be reminded that the God that upheld the earliest Christians under Nero is the same one that will uphold you under anything the new administration can bring.
Remember, also, that your enemy is not made of flesh and blood.
“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”
Ephesians 6:10-13 NKJV
Over the coming weeks, months, and years, the evil one will be launching missiles of flesh and blood against us, in the hope that we will destroy them. Each conflict, each, word of offense will harden our hearts, and theirs, to the degree that the last thing on our minds will the sharing of the Good News: that Jesus died on the cross for our sins, was buried, and rose again. May the Lord keep our hearts raw, that we never fail to share of the One who saved our souls.
To my readers in that far off land: Pray for us. We covet your prayers and may we have your steadfast devotion in the dark days to come. Know that I am praying for you.
Let us pray for our missionaries with an urgency. They are on the front lines, with little back up. Pray that they have safety, that they share boldly as they are able. Pray that they have a steadfast faith as they do the work that they have been called to do.
My challenge to you today is to make the Lord your heart’s desire. As you seek him with your whole heart, all the other things in this world will fade away. They will not cease to exist, but you will have the power of the Holy Spirit to help you through. You will stand on the Rock that is Christ.
“I waited patiently for the LORD; And He inclined to me, And heard my cry. He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, Out of the miry clay, And set my feet upon a rock, And established my steps. He has put a new song in my mouth— Praise to our God; Many will see it and fear, And will trust in the LORD.”
Psalms 40:1-3 NKJV
Let us walk in confidence, and not fear. Let us speak boldly, clearly, with love as we tell all of the great salvation in Christ Jesus. Time is short. We must be about the Father’s business.
“Though an army may encamp against me, My heart shall not fear; Though war may rise against me, In this I will be confident. One thing I have desired of the LORD, That will I seek: That I may dwell in the house of the LORD All the days of my life, To behold the beauty of the LORD, And to inquire in His temple.”
Psalms 27:3-4 NKJV
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