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Reflections on Psalm 11:
The Lord is my refuge.
His love embraces me. His strength holds me steady. I find peace as I lean my head against His shoulder.
But you think I should be filled with the same anxieties that overwhelm you. “Run as fast as you can!” you urge me. “Go someplace far away and hide. Can’t you see that the unbelievers have taken over? It’s just a matter of time before they’ll be coming after us! They’re already ripping society apart, promoting every deviation imaginable under the guise of tolerance. The only thing they won’t tolerate is us, because we know that Jesus is the only way to eternal life. We’re in their cross-hairs, and it won’t be long before they start shooting. They’re destroying the very foundations of what this country was built on, and there’s nothing we can do to stop them!”
You’re right when you say that we can do nothing. But then, we never could; not in our own strength. In your alarm, you’re forgetting who is really in charge here.
The Lord is, as He has always been, in His holy temple. The Lord is, as He always will be, on His heavenly throne. None of this has escaped His attention. It’s part of a recurring pattern in the history of the world. Morality and righteousness in cultural norms ebb and flow, but God and His justice remain constant. His eye isn’t on social norms, but on individual hearts. He knows the motives and character and longings of every single one. He knows exactly how, and when, the appropriate judgment should unfold for those who turn their backs on Him. The evil, the immoral, the violent, the promoters of hate — these will inherit the scorching pain of His justice, to their eternal regret.
But those who love Him will see God’s face and live with Him forever. That’s the life that is our destiny; not our life here. So don’t be driven into social isolation by what is happening around us, Don’t huddle together in the comparative safety of your circle of like-minded friends, afraid to affirm your convictions to others for fear of offending or bringing derision on yourselves. Instead, speak of your faith with quiet assurance; be careful not to condemn others or take a self-righteous tone. Pray for unbelievers, and make sure you include those who govern. Be ready to speak or write of your concerns when the opportunity arises, but be careful not to preach, unless you want to come across as holier-than-thou. You may suffer rejection and loss because of your faith, but not from God. You may be ostracized for the short time you remain here on earth, but you’ll enjoy God’s eternal approval.
So be alert, not alarmed. There are countless opportunities to witness the truth. It may be accepted, and it may not. Leave the judgment to God, and it will be done perfectly.
Even if the foundations of our society are crumbling, we have the foundation that will stand forever. Build on Him. Take refuge in Him.
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Let not you hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (John 14:27)
For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. (1 Cor 3:11)