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If I were to write that this election and pandemic season has not affected me, I would be lying. But it is also true that I have been distressed for years by the decline of a country that, while struggling to improve, has been a blessing to the world. We Americans were given the best opportunity in history to create a nation that would continue to bless us and the world, but we are failing—and falling. When I factor in the reality of the ongoing persistence of God’s sovereign will, I realize that someday this nation will come to nothing as all nations will.

There is nothing you or I can do about the determination of that will. Prophecy must and shall be fulfilled. The best we Christians can do is to pray for this country, be a light that glorifies Jesus, and testify of His great love and sacrifice, hoping the Lord will, in His kindness, grant us repentance, save, and redeem us. Perhaps by doing so we will be able to delay the awful things that must transpire before the great and terrible Day of the Lord.

Is this selfish? I don’t know. Probably. However, I also dread the fate of so many of my countrymen, so I pray earnestly for mercy.

In the meantime, I must be a voice for peace. Oh, yes, a voice for peace among individuals, but a voice for peace found in God alone. I can only do that by living in Him as best as I can. David wrote that he only wanted one thing and one thing only:

“One thing have I asked of the LORD, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to inquire in his temple” (Psalm 27:4).1

Why would he seek after this alone?

Because he was so often found himself in trouble from many different sources, as he wrote in the very next verse:

“For he will hide me in his shelter in the day of trouble; he will conceal me under the cover of his tent; he will lift me high upon a rock” (Psalm 27:5).

This is my—and if you are a Christian, your—only place of peace, rescue, and security. It is not in our strength. It is not in our political system. It is not in our nation.

It is in the Lord God Almighty alone.

When we think about this, it makes perfect sense. Who or what else could offer and provide such massive protection? When I write “massive,” I mean that He possesses a power that to us is inconceivable, an immense power that makes the military and industrial powers of the earth less than nothing, which is precisely what Isaiah wrote of Him:

“All the nations are as nothing before him, they are accounted by him as less than nothing and emptiness” (Isaiah 40:17).

We must remember and believe this about our Savior and Creator:

“They will make war on the Lamb, and the Lamb will conquer them, for he is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those with him are called and chosen and faithful” (Revelation 17:14).

Jesus is the Lamb and the King, an interesting mix of attributes. He was the sacrifice offered to wash us of the sins that makes us repulsive in the presence of God, but He is also ruler over—everything.

Join with me in endeavoring to seek Him because He will hide us in the day of trouble, as David wrote.

Father please give us the will to seek You and to abide in You, by Your grace.

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

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