• In light of recent current events, I want to interrupt my present series and publish this post. On Friday I will continue with the next post on befriending self. •
You know I occasionally enjoy going systematically through the books of Judges and Kings in the Bible. I just start in the beginning and follow the path of the Israelite people. And without fail God always speaks to me with something that relates to me currently. A fresh insight from ancient Words that relates to life today. Well, as I have scoured the passages for His thoughts and mind, I believe I heard Him say, “Don’t rise, bow!”
You know I love America. I have been one of the many who can say that the Lord’s blessing on our country has blessed me. If you travel just beyond our boarders even a short distance, things are remarkably different. We are so incredibly prosperous. Even in our poverty we are rich in comparison.
So while trying not to get political, I have grieved at many of the choices we are making as a country. This isn’t a party thing; this is an epidemic of apparent ignorance. We, as a people, are driving our country into the ground. It is as if we were purposing to destroy our country. If it was our intention, we couldn’t do it any more effectively.
My inevitable response is Lord, what? Why? How come? I want to rise up and scream, STOP! This is my country that I enjoy and love, STOP IT! But I think there is a LARGER Factor here at play.
Let’s go to the book of Judges. Over and over they did the same thing, doing evil in the sight of the Lord and the Lord handed them over to an enemy. Once, twice, three times? No, over and over again. It’s our human pattern.
So if our government officials are destroying our country, and no man is in government that has not been put there by God Himself . . . then this must be God.
Everyone must submit to governing authorities.
For all authority comes from God,
and those in positions of authority
have been placed there by God.
My next logical question is: How do I respond?
What I have learned from my Israeli brothers is bow and cry. The momentum of this destructive wave is overwhelming. It is astounding how relentlessly we are being dismantled. My job is not to rise up in my RIGHTS; it is to bow to the Lord of my rights.
I earnestly believe that my position of surrender and yielding to God as God is more dynamic than my vote or voice. He doesn’t need to see my raised fist. No, He needs my bowed neck. I don’t know if we can stay the hand of the inevitable, but I do know God is my answer.
Martha recently wrote a booklet called “Kingdom Safety.” In it she addresses quite directly how we can dwell in the unshakable amidst the collapsible. I highly recommend it for such a time as this.
Here’s a quote from Kingdom Safety:
“When God shakes all things,
the obedient stand intact and
the disobedient collapse in ruin.”