October 18, 2013

Isaiah 51:7-8 “Hear me, you who know what is right,
you people who have my law in your hearts:
Do not fear the reproach of men
or be terrified by their insults.
For the moth will eat them up like a garment;
the worm will devour them like wool.
But my righteousness will last forever,
my salvation through all generations.”

What comes immediately to mind as I read this is the junk being spewed out by the godless in America today. Anyone who stands for Biblical morality and justice is immediately branded as an intolerant bigot or worse, much worse. The more those who know righteousness pay attention to such nonsense, or worse yet, cower before it, the louder and more offensive it will become. As has been pointed out, when Christians stand up firmly for their rights, and for the right, generally speaking they win, in America at least. Sometimes it takes a while, but the lies of the enemy are ultimately shown to be what they are, lies and nonsense. The biggest weapon of the enemy is fear, generated by lies. Those who know righteousness and have God’s Word are to stand firm, proclaiming God’s truth in love and refusing the fear that tries to overtake them. We have God’s assurance, here and many other places in the Bible, that the end will be very good for us and very bad for them! We can rightly feel sorry for those who are so deceived, but we must not let feeling sorry for them cause us to give in to them for a moment. As the NIV expresses it in Isaiah 7:9, if we don’t stand firm in faith, we won’t stand at all.

This is a battle where most of the time I feel like I’m on the sidelines, because of living in Japan. I have never been verbally attacked for my position on marriage, for example, or really on any point of morality. However, I am an extremely interested observer of what is going on in the US these days. I am to participate in prayer, faithfully and with assurance, regardless of how bad the news seems to be. I will be in the US in another two days, and I need to stand firm against the flood of filth I know is there. I am to use this as an opportunity for intensive intercession, standing with those who know the truth and encouraging them as the Lord allows. I am to remember that “in all these things we are more than conquerors,” (Romans 8:37) and keep myself available to God as an instrument of His victory, however He chooses.

Father, thank You for the many, many ways You have demonstrated Your faithfulness in my life. Thank You for how I am seeing that in these days, as schedules fall into place and Your provision is manifested on every level. Help me rest, relax, and rejoice in You, in these last couple of days here and throughout the trip, so that indeed Your Name may be hallowed and Your kingdom come as Your will is done, for Your glory. Thank You. Hallelujah!

About jgarrott

Born and raised in Japan of missionary parents. Have been here as an adult missionary since 1981.
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