Saturday, October 30, 2021

In Context: No one to fear, Everyone to love

During the weekend prior to an election, a noticeable number of people turn their mind to other things like rental entertainment. A mental break can indeed be useful to take a step back and consider the larger context of our time.

Deuteronomy 28 offers two descriptions of life for a nation. One has blessings everywhere and enemies nowhere. The other has confusion, disease, fear, madness, want, untrustworthy defenses, and is besieged on all sides.

If it isn't already obvious, we've been shifting from one to the other. Collapse may soon be on our doorstep. Supply chains seizing up could soon become our most obvious symptom. Congress is right where it was at the beginning of the month. People are fearful and teaching fear of a virus that most people survive.

Men may do their best to diagnose their own failings in these matters, but the problem is not ultimately worker shortages, equipment shortages, coronavirus effects, injections, or bad policy. Those are symptoms. The problem is forgetting God.

The answer is not more executive orders or more shifts to 24/7 port operations. The answer is more days as holy unto the Lord, responding to Him drawing our Nation back to Himself.

It is for those who believe God's Word to tell others what it says about our time and the time to come. That can only happen if we trust completely in God's Word. There is nothing else that makes the connection between understanding the times and God's purposes in those times.

After that, as we continue to consider our Nation's circumstances, people will draw conclusions of what things mean, what things are true, and some people will be right, and some will be wrong. Our job is to love them anyway no matter how things turn out and no matter what decisions they make, even if they're bad, and even if they affect us or many others.

One of the most encouraging things about the genealogies of Jesus is how they show the enduring nature of God's plans and purposes even as Nations rose and fell around His People. God's plans never fail, nothing catches Him by surprise, and He will bring to completion every thing He set out to do.

Father, we ask You to do a work in our Nation, to build our faith and trust in You, to help us set our mind on eternal things not yet seen as we hope in You.

“He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ” (Philippians 1:6) and “my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19).

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