“1Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain? 2 The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord and against his Anointed…” 4 He who sits in the heavens laughs; the Lord holds them in derision. 5 Then he will speak to them in his wrath, and terrify them in his fury, saying, 6 “As for me, I have set my King on Zion, my holy hill.” (Psalm 2:1-2,4-6, ESV).
After the first presidential debate Tuesday evening, all I can say is, “Whew,” I’m glad that’s over. If you’re like me, you wrestled with the knock-down, all-out brawl that took place in Cleveland. My emotions were all over the place, it was the most intense spectacle I’ve observed in a long time.
Honestly, I was discouraged and angry, with a little bit of “Who cares anymore” thrown in. Since then, I spent some time in prayer (a great thing to do when you don’t know what to do), and suddenly, the title for this edition came immediately to mind.
In the middle of the tumult of life; in the middle of the disruption that is COVID-19; in the middle of feeling like nothing that used to be the same is the same anymore; in the middle of thoughts like, “Will America ever be the America I know and love again?” we can rely on two things: 1) God never changes, and 2) He is completely in charge. I don’t like to use the all-too familiar fallback, “God is in control” because it gives the idea that He is responsible for all the chaos. He clearly isn’t, but He will have the final say in all things. Remember, Jesus is coming again very soon!
While God cares deeply for what is taking place regarding His people, the Bible clearly predicted the events we see around us today:
“But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. 2 For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, 4 treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God…” (2 Timothy 3:1-4, ESV). Does any of this sound familiar?
In the midst of what we see going on in the world, He encourages us to not be moved or afraid: “And when you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed. This must take place, but the end is not yet” (Matthew 24:6; Mark 13:7, ESV). No, He tells us to, “raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.” (Luke 21:28).
When you’re tempted to give up and fall into despair, know that none of this wearies our God. He knows exactly what is to happen, and He will deal with all of it. He will judge the nations and the wicked. The believer’s sins have already been judged on the body of Jesus Christ. So today, I encourage you to commit your way to Him, take a deep breath, and trust that He is in charge!