The onslaught is so relentless that I sometimes almost envy the blissful obliviousness of the willfully blind, but I believe that genuinely sorrowful crying out to the Lord in repentance for my own sins and on behalf of our nation, God saw fit to lift the scales from my own eyes several years ago. When one knows where this thing is headed, one simply can’t un-know or retreat into the cocoon of ignorance again.. All we can do is keep ringing the alarm bells and even when it seems like no one is left who cares, we have to continue to stand even if no one else seems to be standing for miles and miles. When we read about the Armor in Ephesians 6, we tend to skim over that one phrase; “and having done all, stand”. There are times when just about everything is really “out of our hands” and the only thing He is asking of us is to just stand firm where we are, standing on the Word and the Rock, come what may, and that might include death, but we refuse to be moved from that place where we are kept safe in obedience and yieldedness to Him and rightly fear the One who can cast our soul into hell, rather than fear men who indeed might kill us bodily in their utter defiance of God.
As we head into Memorial Day weekend it is a good time to think about where we are as a nation. What a massive contrast we have before us: those who gave all for our country versus those who are doing their best to destroy it. I’ve been studying Ezekiel 22 (“stand in the gap”) for my sermon Sunday and see in that chapter how everyone failed–princes, preachers, and people. It is quite the similar situation in our day.
Perhaps you are like me–you are siding with God, you are disgusted with the direction of our nation, you understand the concept of judgment, you still trust the Lord, and you want to stand in the gap. Even if all that is true, perhaps you also feel blindsided over the last two years. Perhaps you knew we were going downward, but wonder how we spiraled so suddenly. Go back to any…
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