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A lot of people in the United States are angry.

They are angry about COVID-19. Friends cannot shake hands or hug each other in public and must wear masks in many places. People who want others to wear masks are angry with those who don’t. People who do not want to wear masks are angry with those whom they think are forcing them to or will berate them in public to do so. Amazingly, people are attacking others physically as well as verbally over this. Local governments are mandating social distancing with seemingly unfair requirements. Bars are allowed to have more people present than churches. Only families can eat in restaurants together. 

Young people in cities, generally, are angry and rebellious, violently attacking police and federal buildings. People who witness these clashes are angry that these lawless ones are committing such destructive acts.

Democrats are angry at Republicans, and in particular, President Trump. Republicans are angry with Democrats for hating President Trump and others with whom he is associated. Politics have stirred up anger to the boiling point because of the upcoming presidential election. The Democrats believed that the election of Donald Trump would result in all kinds of disasters for the country which they were helpless to stop. They think if he is elected again, the situation will become even worse. Republicans believe that if the Democrats win the election in November 2020, disasters will come upon this nation, as well.

People are angry because others are making what they consider irrational decisions. Mayors and city councils are attempting to de-fund the police when murder and crime are on the rise. People want to create a nation without borders. Politicians want to supply free healthcare for illegal aliens while American citizens must pay for healthcare themselves. 

All of these things and more are causing people to feel they are losing control of their lives.

But the Christian God is not out of control, and believers should not fear that there is a power at work of which God is unaware or over which He is not sovereign.

“For although there may be so-called gods in heaven or on earth—as indeed there are many ‘gods’ and many ‘lords’—yet for us there is one God, the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we exist, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and through whom we exist” (1 Corinthians 8:5–6).1

The Christian God has not lost His senses. In Jesus “are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Colossians 2:3).

I was thinking recently about the biblical command, “Be still and know that I am God.”

Here’s the verse in context: “Come, behold the works of the LORD, how he has brought desolations on the earth. He makes wars cease to the end of the earth; he breaks the bow and shatters the spear; he burns the chariots with fire. ‘Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!’ The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah” (Psalm 46:8–11).

These verses proclaim the Lord’s majestic, even terrible, sovereignty. We are told to be still, to stand and watch His dominant, conquering work. It is his work—not ours.

Let us stand firm, brothers and sisters. Lord, help us not to accede to the ways and works of the world. Lord, help us know that You are sovereign and in control when people are angry, when they are foolish in their thinking, when all around us seems to be chaos.

People may be angry and in fear because the United States is going out of control and insane.

But Jesus is not afraid, nor is He out of control.

His followers should not be, either.

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

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