At press time for this issue, less than five weeks remained before our Presidential Election vote on November 3. It doesn’t seem like hyperbole to say that the outcome of this election will certainly propel our country in one of two completely different and opposite directions.
At 71 years young, I cannot recall in my lifetime seeing civil and political unrest being at such a fever pitch in so many cities across America. This has not just been for a few days, but it seems that this conduct and behavior by certain segments of our population seems to be nonstop. Day after day and night after night, violent rioting, murder and mayhem take place. What happened to “peaceful protests” and what must happen for this chaos to end?
I certainly don’t have all the answers. But I am confident in what the Lord tells us in Scripture addressing similar goings on within nations and people groups centuries ago.
There are many Bible passages that speak of humbling ourselves, both as individuals and as nations. Here are a few that I tend to fall back on in times like we are in, I imagine that you can add to these with some of your favorites.
The Scriptures are all taken from the New King James Version.
“Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering” Colossions 3:12
“Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:6-7
“If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”
2 Chronicles 7:14
And finally, we know Who is in charge – “having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself, that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth—in Him.” Ephesians 1:9-10
As Believers, our ultimate hope is in the Lord.