Dear friends, are you growing weary of the nonsense, the chaos and the political games? Does it seem like evil has gained the upper hand? Have you joined the chorus of “Maranatha, Lord come quickly!”
Those of us who love the Lord and long for His appearing understand that, in Paul’s letter to Timothy, he told us perilous times will come. In fact, we’re watching 2 Timothy 3:1-5 play out right before our very eyes. It is real and times are becoming more and more difficult. Yet, we balance that with God’s promises to us in John 14:1-3 and Luke 21:28:
“Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. 2 In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. 3 If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also.”
“But when these things [signs of last days] begin to take place, straighten up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”
Those are encouraging words! If that is all we had, it would be enough, because God’s promises are faithful and true. We could stop right here.
However, I want to share an added blessing I ran across late Thursday night. I was so intrigued, I stayed up well into the early morning hours watching it.
Despite the political frustration of our day, I think we might underestimate God’s incredible work through our President and his administration. If you follow, you know I am not a Donald Trump fan personally. However, it is clearly obvious that, despite the rough edges, boisterous rhetoric and obnoxious comments and tweets, somehow God is using that man in ways none of us can fathom. Certainly, all praise to God!
I want to illustrate that. On Thursday, President Trump held a roundtable discussion at a church in Dallas TX. So, point #1: Trump continues to astound us by honoring, respecting and supporting religious freedom. He has no qualms about associating with churches and Christian leaders, and he may be the most supportive president of religious freedom our nation has ever seen (at least since our founding fathers)! Praise God for that.
Secondly, of the 15 or so people involved in the discussion, at least 10 were black. Yet, this President is constantly accused of being racist and antagonistic. Yes, I know…this gathering has political implications, so perhaps he was inclined to invite as many people of color as possible to participate. However, several of them, including HUD Secretary Ben Carson and US Surgeon General Jerome Adams (among others), serve in President Trump’s administration and/or on the COVID-19 task force. When it comes to positions of power, Trump has proven to be tough on those who can’t cut it! Those people are not there for show…they are there because of their ability.
Thirdly, the discussion centered around the corona pandemic, police reform and the economy, yet it was a very calm, peaceful event. No one was shouting about their “rights” or anything else, but conversing calmly about solutions. I was very impressed with the thoughts and ideas already in the process of becoming standards. These are brilliant people and they have the ear of our President.
Perhaps most impressive, though, was the frequent and very confident assertions of reliance upon God. In fact, when one of the panelist began his statements with a clear and passionate “We need God!” there was a long rousing ovation.
The roundtable lasted almost an hour and a half…much longer than videos I typically watch. However, I felt such a sense of the Lord’s presence, and such assurance that, even in these perilous times, God is working in the hearts and minds of national, state and local leaders to move in the direction He leads.
I was encouraged and, thus, compelled to share it with you. It’s long…and you may not be as intrigued as I was. But skip through it and catch a little bit from each speaker. You will find unity, passion and pleas for our President to continue to set a course that is Godly. You will hear the adamant, “We need God!” statement at about the 55:30 mark, and that young man nailed it! However, others on that panel echoed similar sentiments. Our nation is still filled with good, strong leaders, and they need our prayers!
Indeed, the days are perilous, but I’m encouraged that there is still hope for America if Christians will rise up, speak up and pray!
Here’s the video. Carve out some time today and be blessed!