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Today, many Americans think they are in danger because of governmental overreach concerning the pandemic. Many also are alarmed that the election of 2020 was stolen by corrupt individuals within the voting system. A lot of fear has been spun up because people feel like their rights as Americans are being violated, with worse violations to come. The slaughter of children will continue and perhaps worsen. Truth, which has stumbled in the public square, will continue unabated. Journalism, social media, and the free press have been compromised. Folks are worried about their financial and personal security. Gun sales in 2020 have set a record. Genuine concerns exist, and I share them.

I get angry about the present reality. And here is the true and sad thing.

I like the anger.

However, when I feel this emotion, in order to walk with Jesus, I must ask myself, “What am I trusting in? My government and country, or the Lord? Do I really think that my life is dependent upon anything or anyone other than Him?” I must be honest with myself. How will I respond if my retirement funds evaporate and my personal safety and security nosedive?

Is it possible the Lord is withdrawing His hand of restraint? That all this is part of His plan to bring all things to come to pass?

Incredibly, I may find myself in opposition to the return of Jesus because the current situation makes me insecure and uncomfortable.

To put it lightly, that would not be a good thing.

I have found in Scripture that the Lord isn’t all that concerned about our discomfort. One of the more vivid examples is in the life of Jesus concerning the man who was born blind.

“And his disciples asked him, ‘Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?’ Jesus answered, ‘It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him’” (John 9:2–3).1

Let’s think about this for a moment. Being blind in the time of Jesus, unless one was a member of the royalty, meant a life of poverty and begging. The Lord caused this to happen. Why? For the reason Jesus supplied—so “the works of God might be displayed in him.”

Are you okay with this? Is it possible He will bring whatever must be done to display His works?

Yes. The Lord will always challenge people who trust in anything but Him. Let’s consider the Egyptians in the time of Moses. When the Lord sent the ten plagues so Pharaoh would release God’s people to go worship, He was confronting the false gods of Egypt. The truth is, there are no gods of any kind, anywhere. There is only one God. So, let’s consider just one, the “god” of the Nile, Hapi, a false god that the Egyptians worshiped as the one who brought the annual floods responsible for enriching vegetation, and bringing fish and birds. So, the Lord God turned the Nile to blood and killed the fish. I would imagine the vegetation, as well. I should add that God’s people suffered through this first plague along with the Egyptians.

The Lord will also confront the false gods of the United States. The God of the Nile was and is its Creator, not a so-called god. The God of the United States is not the country itself or the provision it brings. All that has come to us has been from His hand. He exalts, and He casts down. Am I willing to accept that truth?

The time to come may be difficult. It may not be. Regardless, God’s plans must be fulfilled and will be. It is imperative, good times or bad, that we trust Him—with all our hearts.

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding” (Proverbs 3:5).

1All Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

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