Peace in Turmoil; May 11, 2022

Micah 7:7 But as for me, I watch in hope for the Lord,
I wait for God my Savior;
my God will hear me.

What a magnificent statement of faith! Micah has just described complete societal breakdown, but he still declares his faith and trust in the Lord. I certainly see many parallels to American society today. The particular mechanisms might be different, but rampant defiance against God and His rules is certainly in evidence. There is plenty of room for Micah’s kind of faith! Like him, we find ourselves hesitant to trust the people around us, not knowing how they would respond to what we might say. However, we serve a God who is totally trustworthy, and this is more opportunity to learn to trust Him. It is when we rest in Him that we can have peace regardless of what is going on around us. That’s why Jesus said so clearly, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33) At times the world seems to come loose from its moorings. I’m sure the people of Ukraine feel that way right now. Regardless of the turmoil, the anarchy around us, those who know Christ have a foundation that can never be shaken. There are many, many hymns that rightly celebrate that glorious reality. It would be nice not to need turbulent times to grasp it fully!

Of course I’m no exception to this. I have discovered that I have friends with whom I have been close that I have to guard carefully what I say to them, and relatives likewise. The forces of division are indeed running wild. I am always to speak the truth in love, regardless of the consequences, but I need God’s wisdom as to when to speak (or write) and when to be silent. I am not to let their response be the determining factor, however. My words might be what God wants to use to introduce the truth that will set them free. I am to pray for every person and every situation, that God’s name would be acknowledged as holy and His rule and reign established as His will is done, by me first of all, since I can’t control anyone else. I have no room to criticize others if I’m not humbly submitted to God myself, and even then I must remember that “There, but for the grace of God, go I.” I’ve got to remember that great turmoil can bring great blessing, and keep my focus on my Lord.

Father, thank You for this reminder. In this Information Age I’m aware that my situation is almost infinitely better than that of so many people around the world. Help me not fail to pray for them, lifting them up and praying in Your kingdom on every level, 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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