The chaotic would we live in is nothing new. Some would argue with me, and some have. That’s fine. They’re entitled to their opinion, and I am happy to leave them to it. Though I find other’s opinions valuable, I continue to reserve the right to disagree. When it comes to there being nothing new, I subscribe to Solomon’s take on the matter. “What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done; there is nothing new under the sun,” (Ecclesiastes 1:9).
Obviously, the way things are done has changed over the centuries and years. The technological advances in just the last few years are astounding. These advances have given us new insight into “what has been” and new vision to dream of “what will be.” Still, the past is not changed, and the future is still in God’s secure hands. There really is “nothing new under the sun.”
God is in control. He is sovereign. Therefore, I am able live in the chaos without fear, regardless of the political, financial, and social implications we humans often manufacture.
I trust in the Lord for protection (Psalm 11)
I trust the Lord and know He will fulfill His promise. As King David says, “I trust in the Lord for protection.” (Psalm 11:1).
So many Christ followers cry out, “We have to stand up and fight to protect our values and our Christian way of life. The wicked are coming after us and trying to destroy Christianity. They make their way sound so good while tearing down our Christian values.”
They say, “The foundations of law and order have collapsed,” (Psalm 11:3). The politics on one side are all evil, and so good Christians must adhere to the politics on the other side.
What choice do the righteous have?
Trust that God has a plan in operation that is bigger and more powerful than anything the world can throw at it. Trust that God is not going to allow Christianity to be destroyed, or the foundations of law and order to collapse. The Lord is not unaware, nor is He surprised by any of the chaos that has happened, is happening, or will happen.
The Lord has got this.
The Lord still rules from heaven
The Lord is in his holy Temple. He is still in control and knows all that is happening. He is watching us, examining everyone. It doesn’t matter whether you believe in Him or not. Your political party is of no importance to Him. He doesn’t care what church you belong to, or if you belong to one at all. He is watching. And He is not surprised by what He sees. Whatever is happening is all part of His plan.
He watches everyone closely.
“The one who loves violence, His soul hates,” (Psalm 11:5). The wicked will be held to account. They will be punished.
Our God loves justice, and justice will come. Though we try, we cannot force it. Justice will not come any more quickly by our efforts, but rest assured, it will come. In His time, it will come.
What can the righteous do?
There is plenty we can do. Perhaps the most important thing we can do is pray. Pray for your enemies (Matthew 5:43-44). Pray for the coming of God’s kingdom and His will to be done (Matthew 6:10). This is a great place to start, because His kingdom is coming, no matter how hard we try to screw it up.
We can tell others about Jesus and his gift of new and eternal life. Tell them Jesus will forgive their sins if they simply believe. Go and make disciples (Matthew 28:19-20) instead of enemies. Love those who oppose you. Love them into the kingdom. Stop pushing them toward the gates of hell with hate and judgement.
Here is something key the righteous can do. Relax. Stop being anxious and worried, and trust God instead (Philippians 4:6-7). Remember, God is still in control, and whatever chaos surrounds us He has already worked out for good, yours and mine.
I leave you now with the inspiration for this post, Psalm 11, from the New Living Translation.
“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.”
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